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Cardinals sign Tyrann Mathieu

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The Cardinals think they may have gotten the best playmaker in the draft when they drafted former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu in the third round and now they’ve gotten him under contract.

The team announced Thursday that they have reached agreement on a four-year deal with Mathieu. Shortly after Mathieu was drafted, Peter King of SI.com reported that the Cardinals would be offering Mathieu a contract without guaranteed money, something Mathieu’s agent unsurprisingly said was not acceptable to his client. There’s no word yet on the financial details, but it would be surprising if Mathieu backed off that demand with the deal getting done in May.

Mathieu will be starting his Cardinals career as a safety instead of at the cornerback spot he played while at LSU before he was dismissed from the team following failed drug tests. He’s also expected to put that playmaking ability on display in the return game, although the Cardinals also have Patrick Peterson to bring back punts.

With Mathieu under contract, the Cardinals now have three draft picks left to sign. That group includes first-round guard Jonathan Cooper.

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28 Responses to “Cardinals sign Tyrann Mathieu”
  1. michaeljacksonisback says: May 23, 2013 4:30 PM

    On IR After the first game against the Rams! Probably tear a knee up chasing Tavon Austin around. Of getting ran over by Zack Stacy

  2. 8to80texansblog says: May 23, 2013 4:34 PM

    Thats a lot of weed money….

  3. gadzod says: May 23, 2013 4:34 PM

    I’m surprised he was able to pick up the pen, considering how he did on the bench press at the combine…..

  4. stoytashaan says: May 23, 2013 4:34 PM

    Herb grows well in the desert.

  5. biggestredmiami says: May 23, 2013 4:38 PM

    Guy has been through a lot, I hope he has a great NFL career and makes good decisions.

  6. moeman79 says: May 23, 2013 4:40 PM

    I am way glad he is not on my team but it is not like AZ gave up a high pick for him so who cares.

  7. searchingwithmygoodeyeclosed says: May 23, 2013 4:46 PM

    I’ll smoke to that!

  8. laurinaitis4mvp55 says: May 23, 2013 4:48 PM

    They drafted him…. why wouldn’t they sign him?

  9. truths4all says: May 23, 2013 4:48 PM

    Hey michaeljacksonisback, why the looney trash talking before anything has been done on the playing field during a regular season NFL game? Are you so scared that you must spout off your weirdest dreams of players getting injured?

    Let the players play and see what they actually can produce before you let your uncontrollable act get the best of you. Surely there must be some substances that will allow you to control yourself (too bad your hero could not leave little boys alone).

    As for Mathieu, the board on his NFL career is a blank slate, so we all will be witnesses to how he writes his future and NFL legacy with whatever he produces against the best athletes on the planet. That is what will count, not some fantasy nonsense from some demented whippersnapper.

    BTW, after looking at the draft, CFA signings, FA signings, and re-signings of each teams’ personnel, it sure does look like the Rams will end up being the cellar dweller again in the division.

  10. deadeye says: May 23, 2013 4:49 PM

    I suspect Tyrann is lighting up a fat one right about now…

  11. ilovefoolsball says: May 23, 2013 4:52 PM

    Honey Bad- Oh yeah he doesn’t like that name anymore, but it doesn’t sound as good saying Tyrann Mathieu don’t care because then it sounds like he’d be willing to smoke his NFL career away.

  12. gloryfromheaven says: May 23, 2013 4:53 PM

    He has great potential, a bit of a playmaker. I think AZ was the only team he could rebuild himself into the player he was in college with Patrick Peterson there…

  13. ampats says: May 23, 2013 4:56 PM

    After signing his contract, he celebrated by firing one up.

  14. suns1972 says: May 23, 2013 5:05 PM

    All u negative commentors must have very low esteem so u hide behind this and leave stupid ass comments, feels great toudgepeople doesn’t it u damn haters! Bet u are 2 faced also they type that all will say this negative stuff about him but when you see him in person you will kiss his assaying nice things, your probably broke low lives also. Really pissed me off seeing all those negative comments and oh well he atleast is living his dream

  15. justintuckrule says: May 23, 2013 5:06 PM

    Did they pay him in rolling papers?

  16. djjackson81 says: May 23, 2013 5:09 PM

    Love all the hate but let’s not forget if not for the stupid weed any other team in the NFL would have selected him in the first round period. Small or big fast or slower the kid has the ball in his eyes and knows how to go get it. Strip it, pick it, or return it to the house Mathiue is coming o the NFC West and I’m glad it with AZ and not against.

  17. djjackson81 says: May 23, 2013 5:12 PM

    Stand up Mathieu, tie your shoes don’t trip and lets go get the ball. Hit them Sea Chickens and Niners in the mouth and save some for Austin tiny ass.

  18. e23r0 says: May 23, 2013 5:20 PM

    Money Badger

  19. fhuizar says: May 23, 2013 5:30 PM

    Playmaker

    No doubt

  20. davetexansfan says: May 23, 2013 5:30 PM

    @ truths4all

    I agree with the majority of what you said…excepttttt I’m pretty confident that the Rams will be a pretty dang good team this year. Their defense is young but absolutely stacked and only going to be better with the addition of Ogletree. T.J McDonald can definitely be a starting safety in the NFL. And their offense has a chance to be scary. They FINALLY got Sam Bradford (who is a very underrated QB) some weapons. And their RB Richardson from last year is actually pretty darn good. They’ll most definitely finish higher then the Cardinals. Sorry. Arizona has a chance to be good. I like Carson Palmer there. I think he’s a good fit. But they’re nowhere close to the Rams.

  21. timbuttrum says: May 23, 2013 5:30 PM

    That’s one big pot farm…..

  22. davetexansfan says: May 23, 2013 5:31 PM

    And yea, I’m a Texans fan. So unbiased opinion.

  23. footballnut2011 says: May 23, 2013 6:43 PM

    I sure hope this kids stays clean. Gonna bring lots of excitement to card fans. Good luck !

  24. joepescisballs says: May 23, 2013 7:09 PM

    I hear he enjoys marijuana and probably had some after signing his contract!

  25. spideysdog says: May 23, 2013 7:35 PM

    AZ has scheduled a 4:20 press conference on Friday to officially announce the deal and introduce Honey Badger.

  26. spedman24 says: May 23, 2013 8:01 PM

    I hope he stays clean and dominates the league, paid a big price foe smoking weed man…we’re talking about weed, not heroin, weed man, we talking about weed.

  27. joepescisballs says: May 23, 2013 8:52 PM

    Boy that Mathieu sure enjoys his marijuana!

  28. 13arod says: May 23, 2013 9:48 PM

    he is a new man stop being so judemental

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