Cardinals Release Defensive Back Tyrann Mathieu

Cardinals Release Defensive Back Tyrann Mathieu

That was really the only stipulation Mathieu had for his next team when he was asked about it in a text message from MMQB's Albert Breer.

"I've never made a secret that Tyrann has always had a special place in my heart and always will", Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said in a statement announcing the release.

However the Cardinals have continued to possess huge positional talent, a fact that's been disguised by their 7-9 and 8-8 records over the last two seasons. "We all wish Tyrann nothing but continued success in his career and beyond".

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

Players like Mathieu rarely hit the free agent market and with cornerbacks already being grabbed on day one of free agency, it makes his demand even higher.

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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.

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A second ACL injury prematurely ended Mathieu's 2015 season.

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

The height of Mathieu's time with the Cardinals came during the 2015 season, when he was named to the Pro Bowl. Bettcher followed Bruce Arians to desert from Indianapolis, and Mathieu was the Cardinals third-round pick that same year. The 5-foot-9, 186-pound defensive back has 308 career tackles with four sacks, 41 pass breakups, 11 interceptions and four forced fumbles in five NFL seasons since being selected by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He battled back again to start 10 games in 2016 and all 16 games in 2017.