Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Cardinals release safety Tyrann Mathieu

Cardinals release safety Tyrann Mathieu

Peace out: The Arizona Cardinals released safety Tyrann Mathieu on Wednesday. Mathieu had his best season in 2015 in which he appeared in 14 games, tallied 89 tackles, 17 pass deflections, five interceptions, one forced fumble, one defensive touchdown while making the Pro Bowl and getting named first-team All-Pro.

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

"I've never made a secret that Tyrann has always had a special place in my heart and always will", said Cardinals general manager Steve Keim. Then again, when looking at all of the inconsistency surrounding the Cardinals from the last two years, a fresh start with a new team sounds pretty intriguing for a talented player like Mathieu who still has plenty of great football ahead at his young age.

Mathieu was used mostly as a free safety in Arizona, but is about as versatile as modern defensive backs come. Mathieu was schedule to make $10.75 million this upcoming season.

Mathieu isn't without red flags, and he'll have far more likely landing spots, but a new day has dawned, and the Packers can't be ruled out for anyone.

"There's many ways you could restructure a contract instead of just taking money out of my pocket", Mathieu said at the time.

In short, they aren't happy.

Mathieu has only finished a full 16-game slate once in his National Football League career. In his five years with Arizona, Mathieu has racked up 11 interceptions, 41 passes defended, and 4 forced fumbles while also collecting 281 tackles.

The Honey Badger doesn't always take what he wants.

His rookie season ended prematurely when he tore the LCL and ACL in his left knee.

Mathieu during his five seasons as a Cardinal was ubiquitous in the Phoenix community.

However that won't stop the team from being mentioned with any and all free agents, even those that they don't have any interest in at this time such as recently-released Miami tackle Ndamukong Suh and Green Bay's Jordy Nelson.

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