Rashean Mathis re-signs with Lions

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Rashean Mathis’s career rebounded when he joined the Lions in 2013 and he’ll be sticking around Detroit a little longer.

PFT has learned, via a league source, that Mathis has re-signed with the Lions. It’s a two-year deal worth $3.5 million total and $2 million this season.

Mathis was a second-round pick in Jacksonville in 2003 and is almost a decade removed from making the All-Pro team for the 2006 season. It didn’t look like he’d still be playing in this point after he returned from a torn ACL for the Jaguars in 2012, but Mathis has turned in two good years for the Lions.

Mathis started every game last season and was a key part of the revitalized defense that helped Detroit to the playoffs. Mathis had 51 tackles and one interception, which he returned 51 yards for a touchdown. He’ll turn 35 in August, so there’s a pretty good chance that he’ll slip in 2015 but that would still probably leave him as a better option than much of the other choices the Lions have to play opposite Darius Slay.

28 responses to “Rashean Mathis re-signs with Lions

  1. Very happy for this guy. I always loved Rashean as a Jag and am excited he is still out there doing well.

  2. Glad they are bringing him back. The 2 million for next year is worth it just for the leadership he brings to the team. A true vet, hes been a great mentor for young Slay.

  3. “He’ll turn 35 in August, so there’s a pretty good chance that he’ll slip in 2015”

    The same was said about him last year, hater.

  4. 2011 the Lions finished the regular season 10-6 not 4-12.

    Mathis has been a stabilizing player and has been great for Slay’s development.

  5. Old and slow, re-sign the weakest part of D and let the anchor’s walk away, nothing beats Detroit’s garbage logic. The decline continues on…..No one is scared of the Lions.

  6. I’m not crazy about his age, but he performed well last season. It was smart to resign him.

  7. rl79111 says:
    Mar 18, 2015 2:00 PM
    Old and slow, re-sign the weakest part of D and let the anchor’s walk away, nothing beats Detroit’s garbage logic. The decline continues on…..No one is scared of the Lions.
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    He played a lot better than Peanut Tillman

  8. This is an expected and reasonable signing, but, in the NFL, if you don’t improve each off season, you get worse. With almost nothing left under the cap and only a handful of draft picks, the Lions don’t have much chance of improving the DL, the OL, or the secondary. If Mayhew doesn’t hit home runs with every swing in the draft, Detroit needs to have someone else in charge of making things better by the next offseason. Clearly, Mayhew and Co. need to be on a very short leash going forward.

  9. Lions haven’t finished in 1st place in the NFC north since 1993, they have 7 seasons BARELY above .500 (except last year) since then. Last year they finished .688 at 11-5, for the first time in 24 years since Wayne Fonts in the ’91 season (12-4 .750). Why let the guy that you built your strong part of your team around (Defense) walk and keep Stafford?

    And now they sign a 35 year old DB to a 2 year deal…..LoL!

  10. hyzers says:
    Mar 18, 2015 2:16 PM
    rl79111 says:
    Mar 18, 2015 2:00 PM
    Old and slow, re-sign the weakest part of D and let the anchor’s walk away, nothing beats Detroit’s garbage logic. The decline continues on…..No one is scared of the Lions.
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    He played a lot better than Peanut Tillman

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    It’s impossible to compare a player that has played 2 games in 2 years against one that was healthy all season.

    ….Not that this guy is comparable to Tillman anyway (Packer’s fan opinion). Mathis isn’t half the CB that Tillman is. Tillman isn’t on the Bears anymore btw…..learn some divisional knowledge before crying, which is the only thing you’re good at….No one is scared of the Lions!

  11. When he went down in that Dallas playoff game, the defense gave up that huge TD that let the Boys back into that game. He can still play. Might not be as fast, but he’s smart and a sure tackler.

    But let’s face it, Mayhew absolutely needed to draft a corner high last year and didn’t. He can’t make that mistake again – their next best corner is who exactly, Bill Bentley? Ouch.

  12. Bears vs Lions alltime record 96(Bears)-69(Lions)-5(Ties)

    Bears lead 9-5 since 2008.

    It’s about time you won 4 in a row (2013 you still finished behind the Bears in the division after the sweep, lol), crybaby. You still have a long long way to go, my Packers are much closer in the alltime record race with the Bears: 93(Bears)-91(Packers)-6(ties)

    You still can’t get past my Packers and the Bears are still more respectable and a better team then your garbage Lions regardless of you little sweeps with the Bears horrific coaching staff, that is now gone.

  13. You can always tell the commenters who throw in their 2 cents but either don’t watch the game, or simply don’t know what they’re talking about. A +10.5 from PFF. 15th rated corner of 64 weekly starters. Ignorance is often funny.

  14. Ohhhh Dear Bear fans have come out of hibernation to take shots at the Lions! That’s great and I can’t believe it took the re signing of Mathis to rile you guys up.

  15. If you actually read my posts, I clearly state I’m a Packer fan…It’s one of your crybaby Detroit fans (garbage Hyzers) that thinks I’m a Bears fan.

    I do respect the Bears(unlike the Lions, mainly cuz of hyzer’s delusional comments), but I’m not a fan of Chicago…helps to read first.

  16. Memorable moment at my house- Tommy Maddox in for the injured Ben Rothlesberger, I believe 2006, and in OT Mathis gets a pick-6 to win the game for the Jags…. At almost exactly the same moment, LT rips about an 85 yd run for the Chargers to defeat the Redskins in OT… My son (Steeler fan at the time 6 yrs old) and me (Redskins fan acting 6 yrs old) both yelling at 2 separate tv’s simultaneously as we go down in crushing overtime losses….there’s my Rashean Mathis story, thanks for letting me share

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