The Kansas City Chiefs are currently in the midst of one of the biggest defensive turnovers in recent history.
The “league’s best defense in the NFL since week 8” said gave only 12.9 points per game over this period. They have also allowed 17 points or less in seven of their last eight games.
A big reason for this is security Tyrann Mathieu, who was once again the vocal team leader for this unit in 2021. Sadly, the “Honey Badger” is also an impending free agent after the season ends.
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Results of PFF projects for Mathieu
Still active on Twitter, Mathieu posted a subliminal message when the new NFL cap was announced with a projection of $ 208.2 million. Make no mistake, the future 30-year-old is looking to get paid one last time and it’s unclear if Kansas City is the franchise that’s up for it.
Focus on professional football Writer Brad Spielberger offered an approximation for his contract extension in a recent article and a figure close to his estimate could put GM Brett Veach out of the race.
Spielberger wrote: “Two contract extensions signed ahead of the 2021 season will make every safety negotiation this coming offseason a battle between player and club: Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams signing $ 70 million deal over four years and the safety of Minnesota Vikings Harrison Smith after that with a four-year, $ 64 million pact. The trend towards safety compensation hadn’t been overwhelmingly positive for a few offseason before these players noticed, and the question is how much of an impact this new landscape will have on the overall picture.
The PFF article also weighed in on Mathieu’s projection with recent signings like Logan Ryan and Jordan Poyer, due to their age and style of play. He added that the Chiefs playmaker is “not” ordinary security ”, highlighting his versatility, his leadership and the defensive turnaround mentioned above.
“Kansas City has shown with its huge investments in edge defenseman Frank Clark and inside defenseman Chris Jones that it prioritizes building the top seven. The question that remains is whether the Chiefs still appreciate Mathieu’s contributions as much as they did in 2019, ”Spielberger concluded.
His final assessment at that time was: “Three years, $ 46.125 million ($ 15.375 million per year), $ 30 million total guaranteed.”
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More money, more problems
It is true that the higher cap provides KC with more money to spend on players like Mathieu, but it also means that agents will be looking for a higher salary for their clients.
As we mentioned above, the Honey Badger doesn’t seem to be interested in a hometown discount. This is not the only problem either, as Veach has several key pieces to re-sign.
One is left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., who could make nine figures in 2022. The Chiefs traded a first-round pick to bring the tackle blind, so they’re unlikely to let him walk.
Another is cornerback Charvarius Ward, an important second cog in this secondary. The old unwritten prospect has not played in weeks 3-6 this season and KC went 2-2 on this section with over 30 points allowed in three of the four games.
The other snap-leaders who are impending free agents are:
- Daniel Sorensen, security, 32 (next year).
- Jarran Reed, defensive tackle, 30.
- Demarcus Robinson, wide receiver, 28.
- Ben Niemann, linebacker, 27.
- Melvin Ingram, edge rusher, 33.
- Mike Hughes, cornerback, 25.
- Byron Pringle, wide receiver, 29.
- Darrel Williams, running back, 27.
- Alex Okafor, edge rusher, 31 years old.
- Derrick Nnadi, defensive tackle, 26.
- Josh Gordon, wide receiver, 31.
- Mike Remmers, right tackle, 33.
The Chiefs currently have just over $ 28.1 million in cap space planned for next season according to Over the Cap. It may take a while if Veach hopes to bring back the bulk of those backers in 2022.