Tyrann Mathieu's release isn't going over well with Cardinals fans

Annette Crawford
March 15, 2018

Mathieu reportedly is expected to draw interest from the New York Giants and New York Jets, so it could take a bidding war to sign him. Mathieu was also due a $5 million roster bonus on March 16.

The Cardinals could have spread the cap hit over the next two years, with $3.1 million applying this year and $6.2 million next year. "While we all understand this is a part of the business, that certainly doesn't make it any easier".

When healthy, Mathieu has been considered one of most dynamic defenders in the NFL.

Areas the team could cut to help pay for a big contract would be wide receiver Brandon LaFell who would free up $4 million and safety George Iloka who would save the team $4.4 million. Mathieu, a combo defensive back capable of playing corner and safety, could effectively fill the shoes of both players.

Arizona tried to work out a restructured deal with Mathieu, according to Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network, but failed to reach an agreement.

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

The Cardinals have quietly had numerous best players in the National Football League on their roster over the course of the last four years. He was named a first-team All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl that season.

Mathieu became a star in the Arizona secondary and a fiery leader of the defense after being selected in the third round of the 2013 draft following a troubled college career at LSU.

Mathieu started 11 of 13 games played as a rookie in 2013 and recorded 63 tackles, a sack, two INTs, 15 passes defensed, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a special teams tackle. His season was cut short in December due to a knee injury, but he said via Twitter on February 2 that he was fully healthy and cleared to play.

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