Tyrann Mathieu rumors: Former Cardinals safety could be eyeing New England Patriots

16 March, 2018, 05:06 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Tyrann Mathieu had some great moments in his five seasons with the Cardinals. | Ross D. Franklin  AP

The Arizona Cardinals and safety Tyrann Mathieu couldn't come to an agreement on a requested pay cut, leading to the release of the Honey Badger on Wednesday.

It was a move motivated by money.

Mathieu was due for $18.75 million of his contract to be guaranteed when the league year officially begins. By cutting him, the Cardinals saved $5 million in cap space.

"It's a business." Tyrann Mathieu's tweet back on February 28 proved prophetic Wednesday as the Arizona Cardinals released the former all-pro and pro bowl safety after five seasons in Arizona. He still finished with 68 tackles, nine pass deflections, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack and while getting named to the NFL All-Rookie Team. Not to say he'll be Ronde Barber with the Buccaneers, but that's the ceiling for him should he find work in Tampa.

TEMPE, Ariz. - As the deadline for guaranteeing $13.75 million for Tyrann Mathieu's 2018 and 2019 salary inches closer, the Honey Badger isn't convinced that he'll be a member of the Arizona Cardinals this time next year. He is coming off the first season of his five-year career where he was healthy enough to play more than 14 games.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:When the Bucs hired Brenston Buckner as defensive line coach last month, Mathieu made it clear that he views the former Cardinals assistant as a future coordinator.

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In his five-year career in Arizona, Mathieu has 281 tackles and 11 interceptions in 57 appearances.

Who was running Bruce Arians' defense when Mathieu was in the 2015 Defensive Player of the Year discussion?

At LSU, Mathieu was one of the most dynamic defensive players college football had known, becoming a finalist for the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore.

Mathieu understood that, although late in the season he was confident his play was trending the right direction.

He has torn the ACL in his left knee twice and, after earning the starting job in Minnesota, missed most of last season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.

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