Last week, the Houston Texans picked up free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu on a one-year $7 million deal which is a bargain for someone of Mathieu’s talent.
According to a report from Pro Football Talk, Mathieu turned down a bigger contract from the Cardinals to sign with the Texans.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that the Cardinals were willing to pay Mathieu $8 million in 2018. Mathieu turned that down and took a a one-year contract that will pay him $6.5 million, with up to $500,000 more in incentives if he plays in all 16 games.
After the Mathieu’s signing, NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders declared that the Mathieu was the very best safety in the league right now.
Deion’s statement appeared to piss off Kevin Byard, who was an All-Pro safety last season and is considered on the best players in the league at his position.
Sanders caught wind of Byard’s Tweet and decided to fire back, but unfortunately Deion didn’t recognize Byard and believed he was talking to a “fan” and not to one of the best safeties in the league.
Sanders was immediately crushed for his mistake.
Byard also blasted Sanders for his condescending tweet.
Not a good look for someone who is supposed to be an “NFL” analyst.