Former Alabama defensive tackle Phidarian Mathis signed a four-year, $7.506 million contract with the Washington Commanders in June after joining the team within the second round of the NFL Draft on April 29. Mathis’ contract included a $2.639 million signing bonus and $3.796 million in guaranteed money.
On Saturday, Mathis used his Instagram account to point out what he’d done with a portion of his windfall. Mathis posted photos of a house that he had purchased for his mother.
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“Momma, you ain’t gotta stress about rent anymore,” Mathis wrote. “It’s yours! I really like you.”
Mathis included a video that showed him escorting his tearful mom through the front door of her recent home.
Mathis spent five seasons at Alabama, capping his profession with 53 tackles, including 10.5 for loss and nine sacks, for the Crimson Tide in 2021.
With Washington, Mathis joins a team that already has two former Alabama standouts in its line of defense – Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne.
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The Commanders are scheduled to report for training camp on July 26. Washington starts its three-game preseason schedule on Aug. 13 against the Carolina Panthers and its regular-season slate on Sept. 11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.