Oakland must be sure to set aside some money for defensive end Khalil Mack, however the team did save $8.5 million against the salary cap in 2018 by cutting Sean Smith earlier this week making the signing of Mathieu fiscally feasible. In 2015 Mathieu was named first-team All-Pro at safety and was selected to his first Pro Bowl after registering 89 tackles, a sack, five INTs (one returned for TD), 16 passes defensed and a forced fumble in 14 games. "While we all understand this is a part of the business, that certainly doesn't make it any easier".
However that won't stop the team from being mentioned with any and all free agents, even those that they don't have any interest in at this time such as recently-released Miami tackle Ndamukong Suh and Green Bay's Jordy Nelson.
Mathieu is an extremely versatile player who can play slot cornerback or safety.
No matter how you analyze Tyrann Mathieu's career or his 2017 season, there's no doubting this: He was a fan favorite in the Valley.
Mathieu suffered a season-ending knee injury late in the 2013 season.
His 2016 season was cut short by a shoulder injury that landed him on injured reserve.
The 25-year-old was a 2013 third-round pick, and he has 11 interceptions and four sacks in 66 games. His season was cut short in December due to a knee injury, but he said via Twitter on February 2 that he was fully healthy and cleared to play. He made 78 tackles and picked off two passes.