Detroit Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis has retired. “I think it’s time for me to hang up the cleats“.
At the end of the 2015 season, Mathis hinted at the possibility of retiring, also saying that the only coach he would consider playing for again is Lions head coach Jim Caldwell. The Lord has blessed me with a long career and do great on and off the field and inside the locker room.
Mathis appeared in only seven games this past year after going on injured reserve in November. Wrote off by most as a downward-trending player on the wrong side of 30, Mathis signed with the Lions in 2013 and had three very productive seasons in Detroit. He had 636 tackles, 32 interceptions, eight forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and one sack in 175 games in his 13-year career, according to ESPN.
“I’ve been teetering the fence the last three years”, Mathis told Petry.
According to Over the Cap, Mathis’ retirement will save the Lions $1.5 million in 2016-$500,000 for his roster bonus and $1 million in base salary.
Although Mathis would’ve been relatively affordable, the Lions have a group of young cornerbacks that played well in the second half of 2015, including Darius Slay, Quandre Diggs and Nevin Lawson.