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Agent: It was Lions or retirement for Rashean Mathis

Rashean Mathis only had interest in continuing his career with one team: the Detroit Lions.

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After the 2014 NFL season concluded, cornerback Rashean Mathis made it known that he wanted to stay with the Detroit Lions in 2015 and potentially beyond. Despite this desire to remain with the Lions, no deal was worked out before free agency began, and Mathis remained unsigned going into the second week of free agency.

On Wednesday, however, Mathis finally got his wish when he re-signed with the Lions for two more seasons. This came just days after it was reported that "several" teams were interested in him, but according to Mathis' agent, the cornerback only had interest in playing for the Lions. From the Free Press:

"He's very happy," said Doug Hendrickson, Mathis' agent. "He really didn't want to go anywhere. He wanted to be in Detroit. He loves everything from the organization, top down. Loves coach (Jim) Caldwell, loves being a mentor to a lot of the young guys and really is in a good place in his life, professionally, and just loves everything about the Lions.

"For him, it was either he comes back or he retires. He didn't want to play anywhere else. He wanted to be back with the Lions, and for the Lions to do a two-year deal for someone in his 13th season is pretty remarkable."

That's a pretty strong endorsement for the Lions, and the team responded by giving Mathis a two-year deal worth $3.5 million. Based on what MLive's Kyle Meinke reported on Wednesday, it sounds like the Lions were only initially offering Mathis a one-year contract, but they made a deal happen by adding on an extra season. As a result, Mathis is now set to continue his career and play for the Lions through the 2016 season.

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