Tyrann Mathieu becomes a versatile boost to the free agent class

Tyrann Mathieu becomes a versatile boost to the free agent class

Mathieu was schedule to make $10.75 million this upcoming season.

The Jets should continue bolstering their roster but stay away from Mathieu considering his injury history and the fact that the team doesn't have a need for another safety.

The Arizona Cardinals have informed defensive back Tyrann Mathieu that he's being released, reports Fox Sports. Mathieu was a Heisman finalist in 2011 and an All-Pro in Arizona in 2015. The former LSU great is coming off his first National Football League season of playing the full 16 game slate - he started for Arizona in each of the games.

"I've never made a secret that Tyrann has always had a special place in my heart and always will", Keim said.

On the Cardinals, Mathieu would reinforce that reputation by quickly becoming a fan favorite and a team leader in his five seasons with Arizona.




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. But they simply prefer to do so when it makes financial sense. The second year defensive back finished with almost half as many tackles as his rookie season, only one interception and no sacks or forced fumbles in the same amount of games. He has 307 tackles and 11 interceptions for his career. Mathieu also is a sound tackler, bringing down a total of 80 guys this past season.

Despite the injury, the Cardinals rewarded him with a five-year, $62.5 million contract, with $15.5 million guaranteed.

Last season, Mathieu played most of his snaps in the slot (696 out of 1,052), but he also spent 108 snaps close to the line of scrimmage at the linebacker level and another 175 snaps playing in a deep free safety role. Imagining the Honey Badger next to Landon Collins at New York's safety positions could be a scary sight for opposing offenses. He has recorded at least 40 tackles, three tackles for loss, one interception, one forced fumble and one sack in all but one of his five seasons.

Tyrann Mathieu's been through a lot in his life, but what Wednesday presented him with something new.

Whether or not the Giants should sign Mathieu will likely come down to price.

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