Arizona Cardinals Releasing Tyrann Mathieu

Cardinals Tyrann Mathieu Making Progress Towards New Deal

Cardinals Tyrann Mathieu Making Progress Towards New Deal

The Cardinals wanted Mathieu to take a pay cut, which he declined.

Through five seasons in Arizona, Mathieu recorded 41 passes defended, 24 tackles for a loss, 11 interceptions, four sacks, and four forced fumbles.

Within minutes of his release, two NFL coaches had already reached out to NFL Network's Steve Wyche, expressing hope that their teams would pursue the safety-cornerback hybrid. About $18 million of his contract was set to become guaranteed this week.

Mathieu suffered a season-ending knee injury late in the 2013 season. Mathieu played two seasons of college football at LSU, where he earned the nickname "The Honey Badger" for being one of the more ruthless defensive players at the collegiate level. "We all wish Tyrann nothing but continued success in his career and beyond". Mathieu reportedly would have had a cap number of $14.1 million, which is more money than Arizona wanted to allot toward him.

"Come on over bro", Watt tweeted, tagging in Mathieu.

Running back is another area to possibly address in the even their feature back David Johnson gets hurt again, Carlos Hyde, who is a free agent from the 49ers is a name that could be thrown around in their organization.

Mathieu, known as the "Honey Badger", was selected to the Pro Bowl and the NFL All-Pro team in 2015.

Mathieu during his five seasons as a Cardinal was ubiquitous in the Phoenix community. After a terrific start to his rookie year, he tore his left ACL in week 15 which ended his season prematurely.

A few deadlines were closing in with Mathieu's contract.

There will surely be significant interest in Mathieu from other teams this offseason.

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