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Rashean Mathis | Defensive Back

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (34) / 8/27/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 195
College: Bethune-Cookman
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Lions re-signed CB Rashean Mathis to a two-year, $3.5 million contract.
Mathis is entering his age-35 season, but has been a huge bargain for the Lions the past two seasons. He's made 29 starts for Detroit, grading out as a top-25 cover corner at Pro Football Focus in each year. The Lions can't bank on Mathis forever, but he's a cheap veteran leader still playing quality ball. Mar 18 - 1:20 PM

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Lions GM Martin Mayhew would "love" to bring back free agent CB Rashean Mathis.

Mathis remains effective at age 34, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 12 cornerback last season. The two sides seem destined to reach a deal as Mathis has already expressed his desire to stay in Detroit.
Feb 23 - 1:49 PM

Impending free-agent CB Rashean Mathis would like to re-sign with the Lions.

"I think we have something special here, and I would love to be here," Mathis said. "I love our group, I love our DB room, I love what we're building here. So it would kind of sting a little bit if I'm not." Mathis has had a renaissance in Detroit after looking completely finished with the Jaguars in 2012. Going on 35, Mathis should be cheap to retain.
Jan 24 - 12:19 PM

Impending free agent CB Rashean Mathis plans to continue his playing career.

Why not? Mathis, 35 in August, looked done in 2012 with the Jaguars after tearing his ACL in November 2011. The Lions picked him up off the street in August 2013, and he's graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 23 and 11 cover corner each of the past two seasons, respectively. Mathis won't command major dollars at his age, so he'll be a nice bargain on a one- or two-year deal.
Source: MLive.com
Jan 7 - 12:02 PM

The Lions are counting on CB Rashean Mathis to be a 2014 starter after releasing Chris Houston.

Mathis had a renaissance in 2013, starting 13 games for Detroit and grading out as NFL's No. 27 cornerback according to Pro Football Focus. It is hard not to predict some regression as Mathis enters his age-34 season, but for now he looks safe atop the depth chart. The Lions are hoping for a huge leap from Darius Slay, with Bill Bentley and Nevin Lawson battling at nickel back.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 09:27:00 AM

Lions agreed to terms with CB Rashean Mathis on a one-year contract.

Mathis was surprisingly the Lions' best corner last year, grading out 27th among 110 qualifiers per Pro Football Focus. But as he enters his age-34 season, he'll ideally be a stopgap No. 3 or 4 behind starters Chris Houston and Darius Slay. This signing shouldn't prevent the Lions from using a high draft pick on a cornerback, though we suspect they'll avoid one at No. 10 overall. There isn't a top-ten cornerback talent in this particular draft.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 11:20:00 AM

Lions CB Rashean Mathis exited Sunday's Week 6 game against the Browns with a groin injury.

Mathis suffered the injury in the second quarter and is questionable to return. Rookie Darius Slay has replaced him in the starting lineup.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 02:22:00 PM

Lions coach Jim Schwartz is now denying RCB Rashean Mathis suffered a Week 4 concussion.

The Lions seem to care about concussion disclosure less than any team in the league. Mathis suffered the first-half head injury Sunday against the Bears, and was ruled out at halftime. On Monday, Schwartz insisted Mathis is "not having any symptoms. Sometimes you see some delayed stuff. ... None of that's been the case with Rashean." It appears Mathis will be cleared to play in Week 5.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 01:07:00 PM

Lions CB Rashean Mathis was forced from Sunday's game against the Bears with a concussion, and will not return.

Mathis went down in the first half, and was ruled out after halftime. Shaky rookie Darius Slay is now in the game for the Lions.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 03:02:00 PM

Lions CB Rashean Mathis is expected to start ahead of rookie Darius Slay this week against the Redskins.

Slay started each of the first two weeks, but was worked by Jerome Simpson in Week 1. The second-rounder was benched by the team in both games. Per Pro Football Focus, Mathis has allowed just four catches for 21 yards on ten targets. He looks to be finally recovered from a 2011 torn ACL.
Source: MLive.com
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 10:43:00 AM

New Lions CB Rashean Mathis has been getting first-team reps in the slot, and also taking snaps at safety.

"We value versatility," coach Jim Schwartz said. "He's a very experienced player and a very savvy player. It showed in his ability to pick things up quickly and be able to get him on the field." Second-year CB Bill Bentley was thought to be locked in at nickel back, but that's apparently not the case. Mathis could do his roster chances a world of good by showing well against Tom Brady in Thursday's regular season dress rehearsal.
Source: MLive.com
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 06:34:00 PM

Lions signed CB Rashean Mathis, formerly of the Jaguars.

The Lions have been steadily adding veterans over the last couple of days. Mathis, 33 later this month, fell off a cliff last season and didn't appear to be 100 percent recovered from his 2011 torn ACL. The one-time Pro Bowler isn't going to contend for a starting job in Detroit, but he could prove to be a solid veteran presence if his knee doesn't give him any trouble.
Sat, Aug 17, 2013 03:07:00 PM

Free agent CB Rashean Mathis will visit the Lions on Saturday.

The Lions have been trying to mix and match with Ron Bartell and a host of first- and second-year players opposite Chris Houston, but apparently don't like what they've seen. Mathis, meanwhile, appeared to lose multiple steps last season. He had drawn no known interest since the start of free agency. He wouldn't be a major upgrade on the Lions' young guns.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 08:47:00 AM

The Jaguars will not offer free agent CB Rashean Mathis a new contract.

"It was a difficult decision because he’s done so many things not only for the team but the community," GM Dave Caldwell said. Mathis has spent his entire 10-year career with the Jags, but hasn't been the same since tearing his ACL in November 2011. Just four of his 12 appearances last season were starts. He should latch on somewhere as veteran depth, but won't be guaranteed a roster spot.
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 08:03:00 PM

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times Union believes free agent CB Rashean Mathis began to "look very old last year."

In Mathis' defense, he was returning from a torn ACL at age 32. Mathis will be 33 before the 2013 season, however, and his free-agent market may be cold after a poor season of game tape. Pro Football Focus graded Mathis 76th among 113 qualifying corners. He is not expected to re-up with Jacksonville.
Mon, Feb 18, 2013 01:51:00 PM

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