Tyrann Mathieu – S
Imagine the Packers’ secondary with Tyrann Mathieu. While the three-time All-Pro safety is under contract through to the end of the 2021 season, his cap hit rises to $19.73 million in the final year of his deal, according to Spotrac. Considering that Frank Clark’s cap hit will be just under $26 million, and Patrick Mahomes’ cap hit will be $24.81 million, they may need to free up some room.
The Chiefs can comfortably get out of Mathieu’s deal following the upcoming season. Releasing him would save them just under $15 million in 2021. If they are forced to make a big cap saving, Mathieu could be the player they have to move on from, either by releasing him or via a trade.
Of course, there would be interest across the league for arguably the best safety in the NFL. And the Packers themselves would need to be clever with how they’d make a deal work in their salary cap. However, if the Packers decide to load up for one final Super Bowl push under Aaron Rodgers, bringing in a difference-maker like Mathieu is exactly the type of move they should make. The New England Patriots have made it work in recent years, such as signing Darrelle Revis to a one-year deal worth $12 million in 2014.
Kevin King could be gone following the 2020 season, but a secondary featuring Jaire Alexander, Darnell Savage, Adrian Amos, and then adding Mathieu? The Packers’ defense would be in a strong position.