Tyrann Mathieu on Tom Brady’s free agency decision: ‘I hope he stay out of the AFC’

The Chiefs will compete in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday against the 49ers.

Chiefs' safety Tyrann Mathieu speaks to the media during Super Bowl Opening Night on January 27, 2020. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

As the countdown continues for Tom Brady approaching free agency, one competitor has thoughts on his decision.

“I don’t know. Whatever he do, I hope he stay out of the AFC,” Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu said during Super Bowl Opening night on Monday.

As the Chiefs prepare to face the San Francisco 49ers — and former Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo — on Sunday in Super Bowl LIV,  Mathieu seems aware of how the rest of the competition in the AFC will shape up with and without Brady.

Mathieu has credited Brady before, calling him “one of the greatest competitors of all time” to Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe on FS1’s the “Undisputed” back in July. The Chiefs star also knows what it’s like to go against Brady, and back in 2018, he intercepted a pass by Brady in the first quarter of the Texans’ 27-20 loss to the Patriots in the season-opener.

Brady and the Patriots then went on to defeat the Chiefs (whom Mathieu signed with in March) in the AFC Championship last season, 37-31, to send New England to the Super Bowl.

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