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Report: Mathieu gets full slotted signing bonus, but not all of it right away

Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu AP

As we reported earlier, the Cardinals signed third-round pick Tyrann Mathieu to a four-year deal on Thursday.

While discussing Mathieu’s agreement, we mentioned dueling post-draft reports that the Cardinals wanted to sign Mathieu to a contract that included no guaranteed money and that Mathieu was unwilling to sign such a contract. The Cardinals didn’t announce the terms of the deal, but Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that Mathieu wound up coming out ahead on that front.

Per Breer, Mathieu got the full slotted signing bonus for the 69th overall pick. That’s $662,500, but Mathieu won’t see it all up front. He will be paid $265,000 right now with the remainder of the bonus coming in the next three years with annual payments of $132,500 that must be paid unless Mathieu is cut because of drugs. The total value of the deal is $3.052 million.

Breer’s colleague Ian Rapoport also reports that Mathieu agreed to regular drug testing with the Cardinals, although the details of that agreement are not part of the contract. Mathieu’s agent Pat Lawlor told Rapoport that “both sides understood the issues we were dealing with all along” while working on the contract and the resulting deal is one that satisfies both the Cardinals’ desire for protection against a relapse from Mathieu and Mathieu’s desire to be paid what the 69th overall pick of the draft is supposed to be paid.

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38 Responses to “Report: Mathieu gets full slotted signing bonus, but not all of it right away”
  1. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: May 23, 2013 5:12 PM

    Someone feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t all drug testing subject to the CBA, and that individual teams cannot request / demand additional testing?

    I’m also pretty sure that every player enters the NFL testing program with a clean slate, regardless of what may have transpired before the player enters the program.

  2. crownofthehelmet says: May 23, 2013 5:14 PM

    He reluctantly agreed, as splitting up the bonus takes away his ability to buy bulk.

  3. gbpxlvi says: May 23, 2013 5:16 PM

    You beat me to it crown

  4. lrical says: May 23, 2013 5:17 PM

    That works out.

  5. jamaltimore says: May 23, 2013 5:17 PM

    I’ll be surprised if this guy doesn’t turn into a good NFL player at least for a couple of years.

  6. skoobyfl says: May 23, 2013 5:18 PM

    I’m sure that this will keep off the hard stuff for quite some time.

  7. stlunatik says: May 23, 2013 5:20 PM

    Congrats on gettin paid. your jersey number should be 420:)

  8. mobuccsfan says: May 23, 2013 5:21 PM

    This really is a win-win as it gets; yet a no-win situation either way. The Cardinals protect themselves in case he messes up and yet he gets paid what he is supposed to for that slot. The no-win situation–I’m pretty sure that $265,000 is a lot of money–i.e. a lot of pot. With the money he is making, I fear the temptation could be too great for the Honey Badger. Honey Badger don’t care!

    Honestly though, if this kid stays clean and I think Fitz and Peterson, etc can have a large role in helping him do that, then he will develop into a pretty solid pick up and decent gamble. Even if he just becomes a solid slot cover/ball hawk corner and return ace.

  9. gbpxlvi says: May 23, 2013 5:23 PM

    Smoke some space

  10. astigmatism? football? why not both. says: May 23, 2013 5:27 PM

    honey badgers and cardinals: friends at last

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

    I see this guy as the next Adrian Wilson.

  12. fhuizar says: May 23, 2013 5:32 PM

    Kiem already doing a great job as GM in Arizona

  13. thesteelers says: May 23, 2013 5:38 PM

    This will be short-lived.

  14. adoombray says: May 23, 2013 5:43 PM

    I couldn’t care less if professional athletes smoke Marijuana, and it’s legal for medical here in AZ. And by legal for medical, I mean, you can google any disease you want say you have the symptoms and get a card. It’s not fair that Tyrann should be under different restrictions than other Arizona citizens. this is crap. Most employers here in the Valley of the Sun don’t even drug test anymore.

  15. whysomanylosers says: May 23, 2013 5:44 PM

    Most of “these guys” are playing for the second contract nowadays anyway. They usually turn into turds after year 3 when they get their new signing bonus and think no one is watching anymore.
    Good luck, hope it works out for him.

  16. kinggator says: May 23, 2013 5:47 PM

    STRAIGHT DOPE: to be blunt, HB signs his “Mary Jane” to get his bag of green, fired up to take the Cards higher. Hopes to wear #420 – Cheetos futures up- story at 11.

  17. dartwick says: May 23, 2013 5:49 PM

    butthatmakestoomuchsense says: May 23, 2013 5:12 PM

    “Someone feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t all drug testing subject to the CBA, and that individual teams cannot request / demand additional testing?

    I’m also pretty sure that every player enters the NFL testing program with a clean slate, regardless of what may have transpired before the player enters the program.”

    Im correcting you because you are wrong.

    Players with a special history of drug issue are allowed to be given special contract stipulations as concerns drug use per the CBA

  18. tk41 says: May 23, 2013 5:50 PM

    @butthatmakestoomuchsense: Not at all.

    Players CAN enter the league in phase 2 testing based on prior drug history. (Testing is much more frequent). They CANNOT enter in phase two penalties (so a first positive test is still 4 games). However, the league does not publicly disclose which players enter in phase 2. A recent example is Luis Castillo who tested positive for steroids while at Northwestern. He was subject to more frequent testing, but had he tested positive, he would face a 4 game ban like anyone else.

    Also, the CBA mandates that all players be tested in accordance with the collectively bargained drug program at a minimum. Should a player wish to subject himself to heightened testing, he is able to negotiate that on his own.

  19. condor75 says: May 23, 2013 5:50 PM

    DAMN A LOT OF HATORADE IN THIS HOUSE TODAY. OBSESS MUCH?

  20. thetooloftools says: May 23, 2013 5:51 PM

    I wish him well. If he doesn’t put the BONG down now, he probably won’t be getting too many second chances.

  21. macfunden says: May 23, 2013 5:53 PM

    I realize that there is baggage here but he needed a better negotiator at the table. This amounts to a behavior bonus rather than a signing bonus. I hope the Cards are paying him the interest he will lose on the money he does not get upfront either. Sets a bad precedent and surprised that it passes. Since the bonus is slotted and guaranteed and this has strings attached i.e. not guaranteed then it is something other than a signing bonus.

  22. fallcoon says: May 23, 2013 6:03 PM

    Hey, Hey Partytime !!

  23. kinggator says: May 23, 2013 6:29 PM

    I’m not sure if he has dime or quarter “bag”age, but he’s got some

  24. granadafan says: May 23, 2013 6:29 PM

    I don’t really care if people smoke weed. However, for pro athletes they are incredibly stupid to do this. No, it doesn’t help their performance, just the opposite actually. However, by continuing to smoke, they are showing a lack of discipline and total disregard for the law. I dont expect choir boys on my team, but if a guy cannot stop smokimg weed, then he’s a cancer.

  25. boyshole25 says: May 23, 2013 6:52 PM

    Steal of the draft

  26. bennyb82 says: May 23, 2013 6:53 PM

    The owner, gm, mathieu and his agent then celebrated by getting sloppy drunk…

  27. delusionalcardsfan says: May 23, 2013 6:58 PM

    I love all the trash talk! It’s gonna be that much sweeter when the Cards have a break out season. :D Congrats HB!

  28. hawkstradamus says: May 23, 2013 8:03 PM

    There’s at least 20 glorious weed dispensaries within a mile of century qwest link seahawks stadium loudest place on earth field. And they have all sorts of og kush purple haze Pineapple Express catpiss and what nots. My guess is that honey bonger will sniff them out before the game and either miss the game entirely or get a popeye spinach effect and have his best game ever.

  29. dawglb says: May 23, 2013 8:52 PM

    Delayed payments? Now that’s putting your money where your bong is….
    Good for him. Total incentive!

  30. majormeatcurtains says: May 23, 2013 9:20 PM

    macfunden says: May 23, 2013 5:53 PM

    I realize that there is baggage here but he needed a better negotiator at the table. This amounts to a behavior bonus rather than a signing bonus. I hope the Cards are paying him the interest he will lose on the money he does not get upfront either. Sets a bad precedent and surprised that it passes. Since the bonus is slotted and guaranteed and this has strings attached i.e. not guaranteed then it is something other than a signing bonus.
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    Like he’s would be making interest on hair dye and cars. Get real. Not a dime will get invested.

  31. mancave001 says: May 23, 2013 9:31 PM

    I have a feeling this guy is going to be the ultimate bust, with or without drugs. I just don’t think he’s all that good.

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

    Latest medical weed study shows it lowers your blood sugar, raises your good cholesterol, and almost makes your manhood vanish. Make your choices like a man or a has been man.

  33. holdonyermommasrighthere says: May 23, 2013 10:04 PM

    sweet

  34. joepescisballs says: May 23, 2013 10:09 PM

    I bet he’ll celebrate with some kind of marijuana. Perhaps even at 4:20 pm. Maybe even 4:20 am!

  35. corvusrex96 says: May 23, 2013 10:18 PM

    It’s pot what is the big deal . I’d be more concerned that he is undersized and slow

  36. defscottyb says: May 24, 2013 12:57 AM

    Sounds like a perfect deal for both sides… the team gets a shot at getting a potentially good player at a bargain (if he can stay off the herb) and the player gets a some money in his pocket but not enough to give him the temptation to whyle and be a baller right away. Keeping him in check and the reins on him, nice.

  37. hatesycophants says: May 24, 2013 9:24 AM

    Lowlife gutless freaks.

  38. jason49er says: May 25, 2013 2:48 AM

    He fell from a likely first rounder to a third rounder, gave up thousands to millions in the process, and still that’s not enough? He needs to fire his agent.

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