Cardinals release Tyrann Mathieu


He records 1.0 sack just about every season in addition to his pass defending and tackling.

After being asked to take a pay cut in 2018, Mathieu and the Cardinals failed to reach an agreement resulting in the release.

He had signed a five-year, $62.5 million deal with $40 million guaranteed in the summer of 2016.

However the Cardinals have continued to possess vast positional talent, a fact that's been disguised by their 7-9 and 8-8 records over the last two seasons. Mathieu is likely looking for a bigger deal than he had in Arizona.

Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) celebrates his interception against the Chicago Bears during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz.

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His rookie season ended prematurely when he tore the LCL and ACL in his left knee. Two torn ACLs and a shoulder injury have landed him on injured reserve three times.

The Cardinals have quietly had numerous best players in the National Football League on their roster over the course of the last four years.

Last season was the first that Mathieu played in all 16 games as he continued to recover mentally and physically from the past injuries. Plus, Mathieu is versatile enough to play cornerback, safety, and even inside linebacker in the subpackages. He has lined up at the free safety, strong safety, nickel and boundary corner positions during his time with the Cardinals. 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.

Mathieu's former defensive coordinator, James Bettcher, is now the Giants defensive coordinator which could lure the Honey Badger to NY.

Despite the astronomical numbers, Mathieu was viewed as a high-risk draft pick.