KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tyrant Mathieu removed any doubt about what he wants his football future to be when he said on Thursday that it is at the top of his priority list to end his career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
“It’s been all I’d asked for,” said Mathieu, who joined the Chiefs as a free agent in 2019 and helped the franchise win its first Super Bowl championship in 50 years that season. “I feel like I can play football anywhere, but when you develop relationships with certain people, those people become a part of your life.”
Mathieu mentioned his relationship with head coach Andy Reid and three assistants: defense coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, assistant coach David Merritt and strength and conditioning coach Barry Rubin.
“All these men are important to me,”
“For me, football comes pretty easily. When you have certain men in your life trying to coach the person as much as they coach the player … The mental part of the game is so great for an athlete. If any athlete can find it real mental space, I think all our games could really go to a new level.Of course I love football, but I think having certain guys around me, I think it clears my head to focus on just the things there is in front of me.
“Kudos to my coaches for taking the time to coach the person as much as the player.”
Mathieu had been pessimistic on social media about getting a contract extension from Chiefs. He tweeted last month in response to a question about whether he would get the expansion, “Probably not. Have been here before. All good.”
He deleted the tweet shortly thereafter.
On Thursday, he said he was optimistic about getting a new deal.
“I look forward to continuing to be the boss, continuing to help the younger guys around me and helping the recipients, helping everyone I can to continue to get better,” he said.
“That’s my focus. It’s going to be my focus. Just being here the last couple of years I can not see myself wearing any other uniform. Fans here are amazing. My teammates are amazing. I talked about the relationships I have with my coaches. Some of these things you can not buy elsewhere. I’m a guy who has to start over quite often. I will definitely stay here. “