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Honey Badger shares why he is enjoying free agency

Tyrann Mathieu at the Pro Bowl

Tyrann Mathieu is arguably the best player remaining on the free agent market, but the veteran defensive back does not appear to be in any rush to sign with a team. Instead, he is enjoying the ride.

Mathieu discussed his free agency during an appearance on “The Jordy Culotta Show” this week. He said he has been “taking it easy” and enjoying time with his family. He also seems to be fond of being courted and mentioned how cool it is to get phone calls from people like Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

“But I still try to enjoy the process. It’s still cool talking to all the coaches, the different coaches … Mike Tomlin calling your phone,” Mathieu said, via Josh Carney of Steelers Depot. “He like, ‘Hey, oh, this Mike T.’ You know, so just being able to talk to these guys, man, it’s a blessing. And even some of these guys, you’re able to kind of get certain experiences from them and, you know, some of these men are open when they call you. So it’s good, man.”

Mathieu is 29. He has played in the NFL for nearly a decade and made three Pro Bowls. Even after accomplishing all that, he clearly still has an appreciation for what it means to play at the highest level. It sounds like that is why he’s enjoying being courted as one of the top players at his position.

Photo: Feb 3, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during AFC practice for the Pro Bowl at Las Vegas Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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