Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Tyrann Mathieu Released By Cardinals: Potential Landing Spots

Tyrann Mathieu Released By Cardinals: Potential Landing Spots

The former LSU great is coming off his first National Football League season of playing the full 16 game slate - he started for Arizona in each of the games.

Despite his desire to remain with the team, a new agreement could not be reached.

Regardless of the money freed up by the team waiving Mathieu, who would have been the fourth most expensive player under contract for 2018, Arizona fans posted their disappointment, shock and anger after the decision that general manager Steve Keim called "part of the business".

He was asked by the Cardinals to take a pay cut on Thursday but declined.

Mathieu was used mostly as a free safety in Arizona, but is about as versatile as modern defensive backs come.

Mathieu signed a $62.5 million deal in 2016. However, they obviously weren't positive enough as the Cardinals have announced that they've cut the Honey Badger.

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Mathieu, 25, had a fine season in 2015 when he recorded 89 total tackles, five interceptions and 17 pass breakups to earn a Pro Bowl selection.

Basically, it sounds like everyone in the AFC North is recruiting the Honey Badger. He has stayed out of trouble since being drafted by the Cardinals but has missed time due to several injuries, including a torn ACL and LCL in 2013 and a torn ACL late in the 2015 season. Mathieu only appeared in 10 games the following season and finished with a career-low 35 tackles.

Smith played in 13 games for Cincinnati in 2017 and started eight.

Mathieu has spent the past five seasons as a member of the Cardinals. A constant presence at charity events, Mathieu was also known to pass out turkeys to those in need during the Thanksgiving holiday and come Christmas time, Mathieu made door-to-door stops in person bearing presents to underprivileged children.

With his release, the former LSU standout will be free to sign with another team.

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