Arizona Cardinals release former LSU football standout Tyrann Mathieu

Doug Mendoza
March 15, 2018

The Cardinals are worse without Mathieu, but that must be taken into context with their overall situation.

Mathieu struggled to stay healthy for an entire season while in Arizona.

Mathieu may have already rubbed Belichick the wrong way, too, considering this tweet from previous year.

Shortly after, the Cardinals made the move official.

Despite the ACL injury, the Cardinals had faith in their safety and signed Mathieu to a five-year, $62.5 million dollar contract extension. However, an agreement never came to fruition, and the 25-year old defensive back is now available. "What we're potentially going to do in free agency, how that affects our cap situation - I feel like we have a pretty good grasp on that".

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"There's many ways you could restructure a contract instead of just taking money out of my pocket", Mathieu said at the time. In two years, Mathieu had 133 tackles, 16 pass deflections, 11 forced fumbles, nine pass deflections, six sacks, four interceptions, two defensive touchdowns and added two punt return touchdowns. He earned first-team All-Pro honors from ProFootballFocus.com as a slot cornerback and was named to the All-Rookie team by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA). He was an All-Pro in 2015, when he had five interceptions and 17 passes defensed.

Basically, it sounds like everyone in the AFC North is recruiting the Honey Badger.

He's been a model citizen since entering the National Football League; beloved by teammates, who were devastated by his torn ACL late in the 2015 season, and fans.

Mathieu during his five seasons as a Cardinal was ubiquitous in the Phoenix community. He battled back again to start 10 games in 2016 and all 16 games in 2017. The New York Giants are considered a team to "keep an eye on" as the Honey Badger tests the free agent market, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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