Jacksonville Jaguars: ‘Stealing’ one player from every AFC West team

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The Jacksonville Jaguars could use someone like Tyrann Mathieu.

Tyrann Mathieu entered the NFL with several red flags and generated plenty of headlines before the 2013 draft. By now, it looks like a footnote in his football career but LSU dismissed him for a failed drug test and an arrest. Also, he advertised on social media he was holding a first-round party only to backpedal later and say the poster didn’t have his approval. The former Tiger slowly got away from his ‘Honey Badger’ persona and slowly became one of the best defenders in the NFL.

Mathieu ended up being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of 2013’s selection meeting. In retrospect, this was a great landing spot for the LSU product as he benefited from former teammate Patrick Peterson’s presence. After five seasons in the desert, he signed a one-year deal to join the Houston Texans and later inked a three-year contract worth $42 million with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019. Over his eight-year career, the defensive back has earned three All-Pro designations and two Pro Bowl nods.

Re-signing Mathieu is one of the Chiefs’ biggest priorities this offseason. After all, he played a big factor in helping Kansas City win one Super Bowl and play in another. The veteran says he is aware this is a business, so he’s not getting stressed about securing a new deal. Nevertheless, the Chiefs would surely love to keep him. You know who also would welcome him with open arms? The Jaguars. Jacksonville has done a good job of revamping its safety room this offseason but Mathieu would be a significant upgrade at the position.