Tyrann Mathieu hoping to continue in Kansas City after Chiefs eliminated
Tyrann Mathieu and the Kansas City Chiefs were denied a trip to their third straight Super Bowl in the loss ot the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon.
Tyrann Mathieu is hopeful he can re-sign with the Kansas City Chiefs following their agonising AFC Championship defeat by the Cincinnati Bengals.
The safety is now a free agent following the expiration of his contract after three years at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs were denied a third successive Super Bowl appearance on Sunday after suffering a 27-24 overtime defeat against the Bengals, despite leading 21-3 during the second quarter.
That signalled the end of Mathieu's stint in Missouri, where both parties failed to agree on extending his contract ahead of the 2021 season.
Despite the disappointment, the 29-year-old applauded the efforts of his team-mates and hopes a deal for him to remain with the franchise can be struck.
"I hope so," he said. "Ever since I came here, I just try to be the right kind of team-mate; I try to play my part.
"It's always that feeling that you could make more plays for your team, but I'm hoping it works out. I don't have any control over that.
"I feel like everything that is within my control – I tried my best to handle it and do it with a smile. I love this team; I love this locker room. There are a lot of coaches I have great relationships with. I am hoping.
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"We still feel like we are the best team in the NFL. The best team doesn't always win; it's the team that plays well and makes the plays that day.
"I am just extremely proud to come to work with these guys."