Should the Atlanta Falcons Consider Signing Tyrann Mathieu?

By Leigh Allen
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To say that former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has colossal issues would be like saying Miss Alabama USA 2012 Katherine Webb got modest doses of fame and publicity after this year’s BCS National Championship game.

Should he be more than just a consideration for the Atlanta Falcons?

Mathieu had a promising start to his college football career, and 2011 was a banner year for him. From Heisman Trophy finalist to MVP of the 2011 SEC Championship Game to winning the Chuck Bednarik Award, “The Honey Badger” was definitely going places. Perhaps he was even the type of player the Falcons were looking to sign when the time came.

Or was he?

The beginning of the end came in October 2011, when Mathieu was suspended for one game after failing a random drug test. What some thought was just a small glitch on the radar turned out to be merely the tip of the iceberg. The rest, as they say, is history.

It would be easy to blame the LSU administration for not properly addressing the issue, particularly if the allegations of a jaw-dropping ten-plus failed drug tests are true. At some point, however, personal accountability must come into play. A small light glimmered hope when Mathieu agreed to enter a drug rehabilitation program in Houston, Texas in August 2012; he barely lasted two weeks before leaving the rehab program and enrolling for classes at LSU in September.

Good move? Not exactly. In October 2012, Mathieu was arrested for possession of marijuana. In November 2012 came the decision to enter the 2013 NFL Draft. With no rhyme, reason or discipline in evidence, Mathieu now seems like a somewhat aimless drifter.

Is he a chance the Falcons should take at this point?

In a word, no. Mathieu should take some time off to re-evaluate where he’s been and thoughtfully ponder what he wants to do with his life. Unfortunately, that isn’t his plan; full steam ahead seems to be the order of the day. Hopefully, he’ll find his purpose and keep on a path away from drugs. However, his history dictates otherwise…and that’s a shame.


Leigh Allen is an NFL Atlanta Falcons writer for Follow her on Twitter, on Facebook, and on Google+.

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