Rashean Mathis can be a very good cornerback, but I think he lacks enough power to make something happen here. Jack Del Rio has said so, too. The Jaguars have no intention of tearing up Mathis' deal.
So it’s puzzling that he’s taking the approach of missing OTAs.
What are the chances he gets a new deal? Veteran agent Ralph Cindrich and cap analyst J.I. Halsell of Football Outsiders chime in:
Cindrich: “I don’t see it. He’s got only one Pro Bowl and he’s injured a lot. I don’t know why they would do it except if they said ‘We’re so solid and have things in place since it makes sense let’s get it underway.' Mathis has zero ammunition. He gets fined [if he misses days of camp] and all he can do is yap. With the right ballclub, that’s not enough.”
Halsell: “Over the next two seasons ('10 and '11), Mathis is supposed to make a total of $8.45 million in salary. This is a cornerback who will be 30 years old by the start of the season and hasn't played in 16 games since 2006. There's absolutely no way Jacksonville extends his deal. If anything, if his play continues to decline in '10, Mathis won't see $4.45 million of that $8.45 million because he'll be released before the '11 season. If Mathis wanted a shot at a third payday, he probably shouldn't have signed a seven-year deal with five new years back in '05.”