Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Tyrann Mathieu released by Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals making progress to rework Tyrann Mathieu's contract Report: Former LSU standout Tyrann Mathieu cut by Arizona Cardinals, now a free agent
Elias Hubbard | 16 March, 2018, 01:09

Giants first-year general manager Dave Gettleman reportedly landed this year's top free agent left tackle in Nate Solder on Wednesday and now could be in the market for a game-changing defensive back. The 25-year-old safety signed a five-year, $62m deal with the Cards before the 2016 season, but has struggled with injuries and didn't live up to his All-Pro form from 2015.

Mathieu played a full 16 games in 2017 but his play dipped considerably. Calais Campbell's breakout season with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017 is probably the best example of what a fresh start in the right system could do for Mathieu. However the harsh reality is no matter who the Cardinals got at quarterback, Mathieu's days in Arizona were numbered.

The Honey Badger doesn't always take what he wants. Mathieu was a Heisman finalist in 2011 and an All-Pro in Arizona in 2015. Highly respected across the league, Mathieu has already received a ton of "pitches" from players around the league. Not only did Mathieu set a career high in tackles (80 total) and interceptions (five), Mathieu scored the only touchdown of his career, a 33-yard interception return against the 49ers in the third week of the season. Mathieu is now looking for another team, there should be plenty of potential suitors.

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The Jets would be wise to stay away from Mathieu since they don't have a need for another safety and even though he could potentially play cornerback, it's not worth the risk. What player could come in and have the most significant impact on this team in 2018?

Mathieu was cut by the Cardinals just before a large chunk of contract - $5.75 million of his 2018 salary and $8 million of his 2019 salary - became guaranteed.

Drafted in the 3rd round out of LSU in 2013, Mathieu immediately made his presence felt on the field, in the locker room and in the Phoenix community. There are ways to make room for a playmaker like this but will the team be willing to make such a bold move with contracts for defensive tackle Geno Atkins and defensive end Carlos Dunlap coming up next offseason?

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