Chiefs Star Tyrann Mathieu May Have Spoiled His Free Agency Destination After the Pro Bowl

The Kansas City Chiefs have a lot of things to figure out when free agency kicks off. Patrick Mahomes and company came up just short of a third straight Super Bowl trip after Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals stunned them at Arrowhead Stadium.

One of the most significant question marks for the Chiefs is talented safety Tyrann Mathieu, who is set to hit the market as one of the best safeties available. His market should be robust, and Mathieu presumably being in line for a huge payday is terrible news for the Chiefs with the other issues they need to fix on their roster.

Mathieu headed to Las Vegas to play in the Pro Bowl after the Chiefs’ upsetting loss to the Bengals. During his time representing the AFC, he might have given away his desired free agency destination. If his hints are any indication, the Chiefs are in major trouble.

Tyrann Mathieu riled up the Chargers fanbase by directing a Tweet at Derwin James following the Pro Bowl

The Chiefs star made sure to rile up the Los Angeles Chargers fan base during the Pro Bowl by Tweeting at fellow safety Derwin James.

Mathieu’s post reading, “them boys up to something,” surely might not mean anything. Or, who knows, maybe it could.

But, during AFC practices leading up to the Pro Bowl game, Mathieu did a similar thing after catching a pass from Chargers QB Justin Herbert.

Again, this could be nothing but just Mathieu having a fun time. But the Chiefs safety is heading for free agency and should command a ton of cash, and the Chargers not only have the money to sign him, but pairing up James and Mathieu would form arguably the best safety duo in the NFL.

The Chargers could easily pair up James and Mathieu

Chargers head coach Brandon Staley has stressed the importance of defense from Day One, and after leading the Los Angeles Rams to the top defense during his final year with the organization, that shouldn’t be a surprise.

The Chargers defense had many glaring issues in the 2021 season, and the cash they have to spend should be primarily used to fix the defense.

Mathieu and James are two of the best safeties in the league, and pairing James with a talent such as the Honey Badger would immediately send the Chargers defense toward the top of the league. Plus, Mahomes and the Chiefs would dread those matchups with LA even more than they already do.

Keeping up with Mathieu’s Twitter activity is interesting, and he acknowledged the Chargers’ appeal in December of 2021.

The Chargers sure do have good things going, and signing Mathieu would be a massive get for Staley and general manager Tom Telesco.

The Chiefs Pro Bowler is going to command a ton of cash when free agency kicks off

Chiefs Tyrann Mathieu in the Pro Bowl
Derwin James Jr. and Tyrann Mathieu | Michael Allio/ Ethan Miller/ Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The price for Mathieu is going to be a big one. After his electrifying career at LSU, Mathieu came into the league with the Arizona Cardinals and spent a season with the Houston Texans before joining the Chiefs.

He has been marvelous with Kansas City, earning two First-Team All-Pro nods and three straight trips to the Pro Bowl.

The biggest question is the money, and Mathieu’s projections are expected to be more than the contract Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith got recently.

That is a ton of money for Mathieu, but he is worth every penny. The Chargers should address the defense and try to make a run while Justin Herbert is on his rookie contract.

However, they still need to ink James to a long-term extension and have a big decision with wide receiver Mike Williams.

All in all, the Chargers make sense for both parties, and Mathieu could get the cash he wants and send LA toward the top of the tough AFC West.

Of course, Mathieu’s Twiter activity could mean nothing, but the thought of him on the Chargers is more than intriguing.

Either way, Mathieu is about to get the Brinks truck backed into his driveway when free agency begins.

Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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