If there’s one thing we all love to do as sports fans it’s overanalyze a player’s social media posts or just put way too much stock into them. That statement reigned true once again on Sunday morning when a since-deleted tweet from Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu replied to a tweet (my tweet) asking when we could expect to see a contract extension.
Before anything else, let’s just start with this: This is what Tyrann Mathieu does. Mathieu has been notorious for hopping on Twitter right after games or on any given day and tweeting a bunch of stuff he later deletes. While I, like many fans, love Tyrann Mathieu, I think we can all admit Mathieu’s social media antics have been a recurring storyline since he’s been in the NFL.
That being said, you have to take tweets like this with a grain of salt. I’m sure there might be some frustration in negotiations right now and emotions always run high when negotiations happen. I don’t doubt that there’s some truth to Mathieu’s tweet, though.
What I mean by that is I believe there may be a lack of progression in extension talks whether it be because the front office hasn’t focused on it yet following the draft or because the tow sides are far off on a number right now.
In the end, Mathieu is going to get extended or he’s going to be kept in Kansas City if it means tagging him and then signing him later on.
We went through this same situation last year with Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones when those contract extensions were going on. It took all the way up until the last day teams were able to sign players to an extension for that deal to get done but it still got done, right The Chiefs have plenty of time to get something done and you know what they say, “deadlines make deals”.
Secondly, general manager Brett Veach and the Chiefs know what they’re doing. Veach even stated after the draft that a Tyrann Mathieu extensions was “a priority”, and not to mention a Mathieu extension would create more cap flexibility for this year, so it’s not like they aren’t aware.
Tyrann Mathieu has arguably been the best free agent acquisition in franchise history as he completely transformed one of the worst secondary groups in the league and has put together two All-Pro campaigns in his two years in Kansas City. For the Chiefs to simply let a player with that level of impact walk after likely three seasons of elite play would be foolish. That’s why they aren’t going to.
Social media can be fun but it can also have a lot of unnecessary drama and that’s really all this is. Chiefs fans shouldn’t have anything to be worried about as I believe the Chiefs will get an extension done before anything else.