Patrick Peterson: “Very tough” to see Tyrann Mathieu leave

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Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson‘s relationship with safety Tyrann Mathieu stretched well beyond the time the two men spent together in the Arizona secondary.

Mathieu came to LSU while Peterson was winding down his collegiate career and they played a year together in Baton Rouge before Peterson moved onto the NFL. They spent five years together with the Cardinals, but won’t be teammates this year as Mathieu is now with the Texans after getting cut by the Cardinals in a cost-saving move.

“It was very hard,” Peterson said of Mathieu leaving the team, via ESPN.com. “Obviously, seeing the rumors and the speculation that it was a possibility that he was going to leave, I was just trying my best to try to sweep it under the rug. And I’m quite sure he was trying to do the same thing. So, it’s very tough, very tough to see a brother leave and go onto a different team.”

Peterson’s wistfulness goes beyond his friendship with Mathieu. He shared his prediction that Mathieu will have “a really big year” for the Texans as he moves through the offseason without any injury to rehab and joins a team with other strong defensive pieces in front of him.

8 responses to “Patrick Peterson: “Very tough” to see Tyrann Mathieu leave

  1. He’s not the only one who’s dumbfounded by the move. I don’t recall them putting the money anywhere else on the roster. He didn’t fit Wilkes’ ‘scheme’ – a good coach figures out how to utilize talent, especially versatile talent. Boneheaded move

  2. Wish him all the best……….but did P2 strengthen him enough to make him independently stay out of trouble?

  3. Houston is very close to the influences that kept him in trouble in Baton Rouge. Better invest in a babysitter.

  4. grantgoodman93 says:
    April 10, 2018 at 10:24 am

    He’s not the only one who’s dumbfounded by the move. I don’t recall them putting the money anywhere else on the roster. He didn’t fit Wilkes’ ‘scheme’ – a good coach figures out how to utilize talent, especially versatile talent. Boneheaded move

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    He’s not the same player, and he definitely wasn’t worth being paid top 5 in the league at cb/s combined.

    He also pocketed a big chunk from the Cardinals extending him early and giving him tons coming off an injury. The team that also took a big chance on him in the 3rd round given his history.

    The Cardinals asked him to take a paycut after TWO subpar seasons after his 2nd ACL injury and offered him the most, yet he felt jilted and left.

    Meanwhile the Cardinals do have a new staff, new defense, and do have new priorities. They did need capspace, not just now, but the future. They did spend money on a QB, two starting OL, and are looking at extending David Johnson and others.

    You do realize that if he wasn’t cut or restructured he was locked in with guarantees for 2018, 2019, and 2020 basically making it impossible to cut him without big penalties right? Should the Cardinals have committed themselves to Honey Badger for those three seasons when he’s a diminished player who quite frankly, wasn’t form tackling but mostly arm tackling?

    Honey Badger took it personally, after all the faith the Cardinals showed him. Despite still offering the most, Honey Badger created a non-existent hurdle to have to get over. Thought he was going to get 12-13 million a year for multiple years, had to settle for far far less. He’s a little bit crazy. Nothing major, but a little bit.

  5. The Cards needed that money they would have had to pay to Honey Badger, in order to sign Sam Bradford. You doubters will see that Sam was worth every penny from how good he’ll do in the 3 games he’ll play before getting hurt and being out for the season!

  6. NFC West Standings, 2018
    1. Rams, who won the division, beat all comers, and only improved.
    2. Cardinals, who went .500 last year with most of their best players injured and have only improved in the offseason.
    3. 49ers, whose claim to fame last year is beating a few bad teams and the weakest team in the playoffs.
    4. Seahawks, who apparently think that paying overrated safeties $13+ million/year is a great idea.

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