When I picture Rashean Mathis, I see him smiling.
The long-time Jaguars cornerback was a good-natured pro.
The team has informed Mathis, who has an expiring contract, that he won’t be offered a new deal. It’s not a surprise that a new regime will move away from the 32-year old. He played in 2012 under a one-year deal after coming back from a torn ACL, and was behind players like Aaron Ross and Mike Harris for a good share of the season.
Mathis spoke to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union and was exceptionally, but unsurprisingly, gracious.
“Believe it or not, I’m at peace with everything. Playing in my hometown for 10 years and doing things the right way, I’m blessed to be able to say that. Could I ask for anything more than that being drafted out of Bethune-Cookman? Who would have drawn that up? No painter could have drawn that up.”
Mathis hopes to play a couple more years. Maybe someone will bring him in to give him a chance to play as part of its nickel package.
I don’t know what he has left.
I do know Jacksonville should hold the guy in high regard for the way he approached his job.
Going forward, cornerback ranks as a big need for the Jaguars. Their best guy, the injury-prone Derek Cox, is heading toward free agency. Ross was a disappointment, and the rest of the guys on the roster are unproven.
In Seattle, big cornerbacks were a big part of Gus Bradley's defense, and the Jaguars are likely to be looking for those.