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15 March 2018, 02:19 | Anna Jefferson
Cardinals release 'The Honey Badger' Tyrann Mathieu
Back in 2013, the Arizona Cardinals knew they were taking a risk on Tyrann Mathieu in the NFL Draft when they used a third-round pick on the defensive back, but also had the mindset of how much of a steal this could turn out to be.
The move comes as the Cardinals embark on the beginning of a rebuild.
Mathieu was cut just hours before $5.75 million of his 2018 salary and $8 million of his 2019 salary were to be guaranteed Wednesday afternoon, the first day of the league year. His versatility to play multiple roles within that defense has been a big factor in what they've been able to do on that side of the ball.
Last year, Mathieu recorded 78 total tackles, seven pass defends, two interceptions and a sack playing in all 16 games for the Cards.
However, he has already torn both ACLs, which was a concern going forward. Although his price tag may be high, it's rare that a young talent like the Honey Badger hits the open market.
However the Cardinals have continued to possess enormous positional talent, a fact that's been disguised by their 7-9 and 8-8 records over the last two seasons. He had a reputation for having a nose for the football and played with a reckless abandon that helped shape who he was as a safety. After a terrific start to his rookie year, he tore his left ACL in week 15 which ended his season prematurely. Mathieu only appeared in 10 games the following season and finished with a career-low 35 tackles.
By cutting Mathieu, the Cardinals will save $4.8 million but absorb $9.3 million in dead money.
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