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Tyrann Mathieu: Biggest key for us is getting a dominant force off the edge

against the Cincinnati Bengals at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. Getty Images

Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said last week that there’s “no doubt” that signing safety Tyrann Mathieu to a contract extension was a priority for the team this offseason.

Mathieu told Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 in Phoenix that he has the same desire and wants to spend the rest of his career with the Cardinals. He also agreed with Keim about what else should be high on the agenda for the offseason.

“The biggest key is getting some edge presence, getting a dominant force off the edge,” Mathieu said. “Markus Golden has grown up; I think he had a hell of a season as a rookie, stepped up and played a big role for us. I think we need someone to complement his style of play. He’s furious, he’s a competitor, has a high motor, and I think if we can find something like that in the draft or free agency I think it will really help our defense.”

Golden was a second-round pick last year and wound up with four sacks while making six starts in 15 appearances with the team. That was good for third on the team behind Dwight Freeney and Calais Campbell. Campbell will be back, but Freeney is a free agent whose advancing age makes further additions to the unit likely even if Freeney does return.

Free agency has a few potential options when it comes to pass rushers, but their importance to their current teams means few wind up hitting the open market. The Cardinals will pick 29th in the first round.

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16 Responses to “Tyrann Mathieu: Biggest key for us is getting a dominant force off the edge”
  1. rickastleydancemoves says: Feb 15, 2016 10:54 AM

    He’s right. Father Time is going to catch up with a 35 year old Dwight Freeney at some point. They need to find some young, consistent edge pressure.

  2. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 15, 2016 11:02 AM

    Freeney is 35, Campbell is 31, Peterson can’t cover big receivers, your MLB is a 225lb failed safety who gets run over on a regular basis, and Matthew is on crutches after his 2nd catastrophic knee injury in 4 years. I’d say you need a lot more than just an edge rusher to keep from getting trampled by the Seahawks again next year. Good luck with that.

    Oh, and don’t forget a QB who doesn’t choke.

  3. head1994 says: Feb 15, 2016 11:05 AM

    Cam wake might get cut… I hope next but I rather the Dolphins keep Olivier Vernon

  4. spiffybiff says: Feb 15, 2016 11:06 AM

    Aren’t they supposed to get some linebacker back who has been suspended a bunch? Think he was from tcu

  5. wallabear says: Feb 15, 2016 11:10 AM

    You’re probably right. Every NFL team needs an MVP “doper” like Von Miller lol

  6. justintuckrule says: Feb 15, 2016 11:10 AM

    Get in line behind us and our $60M in cap space Cards.

  7. richiesnotincognegro says: Feb 15, 2016 11:29 AM

    Probably wouldn’t hurt to get a QB, too.

  8. Drunk Uncle says: Feb 15, 2016 11:35 AM

    Lol, the haters are out again. I know why the bandwagon Seahawk fans are shifting the focus to the Cardinals – it’s because their salary cap situation is putting a stranglehold on that team.

    You see, the problem is when you have too many “me first” players who are willing to put their salary demands above team interests (ex: Kam Chancellor, Dickie Sherman), you get a team with 8 great players who take up 80% of the roster space, and insufficient funds to cover the other 45 guys.

    But hey, yeah, let’s pretend that the Cardinals are the ones with more serious problems, even though they:
    1. Finished in 1st place in the NFC West.
    2. Made the NFC Championship game.
    3. Have improved significantly three consecutive years in a row.
    4. Have the best “new head coach” in the NFL.
    5. Have the best WRs in football.
    6. Have an incredible RB situation all of a sudden.
    7. Have a linebacker named Alex Okafor who solves the “problem” identified by this article.

  9. 15YearsandBradyStillRunsYourTeam says: Feb 15, 2016 11:36 AM

    Biggest key for that team is keeping you in the lineup all year.

    Huge loss going into the post season.

  10. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 15, 2016 11:55 AM

    make a run for von miller when Denver inevitably tags him. he’s worth multiple first round picks.

  11. therealtrenches says: Feb 15, 2016 12:01 PM

    I love how all the Cardinals fans here think they actually have no problems, even though they got utterly smoked by a team that two weeks later couldn’t hold its water against an aged QB, an anemic o-line, and a middling rushing attack.

    Your RB situation is “incredible?” Chris Johnson was a temporary fix, Ellington has proven his inability to stay on the field, and the rookie looks promising but is unproven. That’s far from “incredible.”

    Your coach is good, but he’s *very* arrogant and that’s a tragic flaw in this league.

    Okafor hardly solves the problem this article identifies.

    Your QB aint gettin’ younger, and your o-line can’t protect him.

    Good luck with the future, Cards fans. Try some humility on for size.

  12. dohczeppelin says: Feb 15, 2016 12:10 PM

    Mario Williams will probably be available and would fit that bill nicely… I don’t keep up with the Cardinals very much though. Not sure if they would have the cap space to afford him though. Skilled pass rushers rarely come for cheap.

  13. yyc2phx says: Feb 15, 2016 3:11 PM

    I’m a huge Cards fan and there are serious issues…

    Interior of the line was terrible…C, RG, RT all need replacing…

    OKAFOR IS A JOKE…Contain is a word he knows nothing about!

    MLB MINTER was average at best.. Statistically his number were good but when you get you butt beat and are making tackles 8-12 yards down field there is a problem..

    CB is an issue… TE is an issue…This team as talented as it was may have blown it’s load in 2015 as the 2016 schedule is rough…

    Arians ego does get the better of him at times… Keim is a miracle worker…

  14. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Feb 15, 2016 10:59 PM

    The best part of my day is when Janis Osiris chimes in. LOL!

  15. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 16, 2016 3:26 PM

    Drunk Uncle says:

    Lol, the haters are out again. I know why the bandwagon Seahawk fans are shifting the focus to the Cardinals – it’s because their salary cap situation is putting a stranglehold on that team.

    The Seahawks have more cap space than the Cardinals ($23M – $19.5M), all their key young players signed for years to come, and could easily get to $40-45M with simple restructurings of guys like Graham & Kam and Lynch’s retirement.

    You see, the problem is when you have too many “me first” players who are willing to put their salary demands above team interests (ex: Kam Chancellor, Dickie Sherman), you get a team with 8 great players who take up 80% of the roster space, and insufficient funds to cover the other 45 guys.

    Actually, you have $49 million invested in a 33 year old receiver who can’t get off press coverage anymore, a 30 year old DE who didn’t make a play in the 2nd half of the season and a 37 year old washed up choke of a QB who’s never won a big game. Meanwhile we have Wilson, Sherman, Kam, Thomas, Avril, Bennett, Wright, Baldwin, Lockett & Rawls all signed long term and still have more cap space than you do.

    But hey, yeah, let’s pretend that the Cardinals are the ones with more serious problems, even though they:
    1. Finished in 1st place in the NFC West.
    Against a weak schedule

    2. Made the NFC Championship game.
    And lost 49-15

    3. Have improved significantly three consecutive years in a row.
    Which means nothing next year.

    4. Have the best “new head coach” in the NFL.
    Who’s never won anything as a head coach, unlike Pete Carroll.

    5. Have the best WRs in football.
    Who helped you put up 6 points and 15 points respectively against the only 2 good teams you played.

    6. Have an incredible RB situation all of a sudden.
    Who gained 27 yards in the 36-6 loss to the Seahawks and 15 in 49-15 loss to the Panthers.

    7. Have a linebacker named Alex Okafor who solves the “problem” identified by this article.
    Who couldn’t even start for the Seahawks.

    The Cardinals are an aging, cap strapped team with a choke QB who lost 2 of their last 3 games by a combined 85-21 against the only 2 good teams they faced. Enjoy 3rd place in the NFC West next season.

  16. Drunk Uncle says: Feb 17, 2016 3:35 AM

    Wow, must have been a slow day for the haters and whoever they root for. Must be tough being a Duke/Kentucky/Yankees/Broncos/Royals/Cowboys/Cavaliers and former Miami Heat fan.

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