The Pittsburgh Steelers are said to want to sign a notable free agent.
According to Steelers.com’s Bob Labriola, Pittsburgh is interested in the safe signing of Tyrann Mathieu. However, Mathieu’s assessment of his worth may not match how Steelman sees him.
Labriola said: “The Steelers are interested in signing Tyrann Mathieu, and they will have enough cap space to sign him to a two-year contract for what they believe he deserves. “The question is whether Mathieu agrees with the Steelers assessment of his worth.”
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Free agent interested in Mathieu has been Lukewarm
Mathieu, 29, remains a free agent despite entering the season as one of the top available names on the market. According to NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal, Mathieu is the sixth-ranked free agent entering the season.
However, NFL teams’ interest in Mathieu has been modest. In addition to the Steelers, teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams have shown interest in possibly signing three-time safety at the Pro Bowl.
The Steelers currently have a big hole in their solidly secure position, with four-year starter Terrell Edmunds currently a free agent. Mathieu – who is known for his play, has made 13 interceptions over the past three seasons – and Steelers’ free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick will be the top safety duo in the league.
When touched on the topic of potentially adding a veteran like Mathieu to the freelance agency, general manager Kevin Colbert seemed to have rejected the idea. Colbert notes that the Steelers prefer to sign free agents after their first contract. Mathieu is about to run out of his second contract since joining the NFL in 2013.
Via Brooke Pryor of ESPN:
“Our preference has always been to add players who are out of contract first or as close to their first contract as possible,” Colbert said in March.
Steelers have low salary cap Space to sign Mathieu
The Saints and Eagle once organized a visit for Mathieu. Meanwhile, Mathieu and the Rams have a mutual interest in a contract, via a report from ESPN’s Dan Graziano on Saturday, April 9 (via Riley Gates of Sports 247).
“He had some connections to the Saints, some to the Eagles,” said Graziano. “I was asked to watch the Los Angeles Rams here. There are some common interests there. Clearly Tyrann Mathieu is a player that fits what the Rams want to do in terms of dressing room veterans, in terms of a player who has won the Super Bowl before. It may take some time to try to work this out financially, and possibly after the draft. But Tyrann Mathieu remains an interested player for several competing teams, including the reigning Super Bowl champion. ”
Graziano also notes that a deal for Mathieu may not happen until after the manuscript in early May.
Compared to Mathieu’s other suitors, the Steelers are in a good position when it comes to their salary cap situation. Pittsburgh has about $15 million in the limited space available, more than $7 million in the Rams’ limited space, and $11 million more in the Eagles’ limited space. However, it pales in comparison to The Saints’ $19 million in the limited space available.
The Steelers are interested in Mathieu, but ultimately it’s up to the veteran’s safety as to whether he wants a discount to play in Pittsburgh.
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