Cardinals and Tyrann Mathieu agree on new five-year contract

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For a guy not even on the practice field at the moment, Tyrann Mathieu did pretty well for himself at the bank.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Cardinals and their Pro Bowl safety have agreed to a new five-year deal, worth around $12 million per year.

Mathieu is still on the PUP list recovering from last year’s torn ACL, but the Cardinals obviously thought he was a huge priority, as they hope to do another deal with defensive lineman Calais Campbell as well.

While it’s a big deal, it’s also well-earned for Mathieu, who overcame his own personal struggles to become an NFL star, and was a tremendous steal for the team which chose him in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

44 responses to “Cardinals and Tyrann Mathieu agree on new five-year contract

  1. Well deserved.

    I can’t wait to see the structure of the deal considering there wasn’t much cap space left for 2016 before this signing.

  2. That is a huge paycheck for a guy coming off a torn ACL. Hopefully he can get back to where he was. But good for him. Great player

  3. I don’t get it. Seems like a steal.. he’s stayed out of trouble and performed very well.. figured he would get more $$

  4. Nice turn-around after career-threatening drug problems in college (LSU)! Good-bye Honey Badger! Worthy role model. Don’t forget to give back…..

  5. My first thought was that is a TON of money for a safety who just had a serious injury. But Matthieu really does a lot more than just play safety. A lot of money, but it makes sense.

  6. More money??!!
    He’s a safety…. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see him cripple the cap more but his salary sounds very fair!!

    Good luck wit Chandler Jones next year… BIG $$$$ is what he wants & you still got C Campbell to get handled…

  7. Good deal all around. Until he plays at least one full, uninjured season, you don’t break the bank for him or consider him elite. That said, his talent is game-changing and deserves to be rewarded. Good for him and good for the Cardinals.

  8. Crickets…the sound of those that keep accusing the Cardinals of being a cheap franchise. Sorry folks…Michael Bidwill is not his father. He wants to win, and the Badger’s contract is just another example of the Cardinals showing they are a top 5 franchise in the NFL

  9. If you ask nicely (or even if you don’t) Tyrann Mathieu will tell you what’s wrong with your team.

    Dude offers nothing but unsolicited advice. Pretty sad for a pot head

  10. kissbillsrings says:
    Aug 2, 2016 3:40 PM

    More money??!!
    He’s a safety…. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see him cripple the cap more but his salary sounds very fair!!

    Good luck wit Chandler Jones next year… BIG $$$$ is what he wants & you still got C Campbell to get handled…
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    Well according to Spotrac, next year before this deal the Cardinals had…

    $44,488,993

    …in cap space. 3rd most in league.

    Add in the 10 or so million it’s likely to be raised and the Cardinals aren’t in any sort of trouble cap wise.

    In 2018, before the Mathieu contract
    $84,456,220 in cap space. 2nd most in league.

    The Cards still have a ton of cap flexibility to absorb more contracts.

  11. I am glad to see the Red Birds keep Tyrann around long term. I was happy when AZ nabbed him in the third round. This worked out well for both sides, due to the fact he is listed as a safety but spends about 79 percent of the time as a cb. Once we get him all healed up AZ can really do some things. Go Red Birds

  12. Crickets…the sound of those that keep accusing the Cardinals of being a cheap franchise.
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    As a Seahawks fan I read all thing nfcw related. Never heard that said before. Cheap? Who says the Cardinals are cheap and why? Your comment was kind of out of left field for me. Said a lot about the cards but cheap isn’t something I have thought of or even seen.

  13. Good news for you guys. Hawk fan here and he is one guy I have no problem rooting for- kid can play. Let’s hope both squads get and stay healthy -NFC West Matchups between us will be a blast this year. I will take it a step further and say I hope he plays at ProBowl level for 14 weeks and doesn’t get noticed the two weeks against us (lol) but know that isn’t likely. You guys can thank your staff and fellow LSU Tiger Peterson for his growth.

  14. seabrawk12 says:
    Aug 2, 2016 3:30 PM
    Even as a Hawks fan you gotta like this kid. Good for him.
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    Veeeeeerrrrry few of your brethren concur.

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    jmethane says:
    As a Seahawks fan I read all thing nfcw related. Never heard that said before. Cheap? Who says the Cardinals are cheap and why? Your comment was kind of out of left field for me. Said a lot about the cards but cheap isn’t something I have thought of or even seen.
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    My guess is that you’re a “2012”. The cheap Cardinals were very real – but ancient history.

  15. That’s quite the gamble in a guy with his injury history. He’s a great player no doubt, but he’s torn both ACLs now and the LCL in his left knee and that’s scary for a guy that has to plant and cut so much as a safety. Hopefully he can stay healthy and prove he’s worth it.

  16. In response to the Hawks fan who questioned me…the Cardinals have carried the label of being a bad team and a cheap team for decades. That stench doesn’t wipe off easily.

    True football fans realize this is a different Cardinals franchise. Hopefully this deal helps everyone come around

  17. @rageviral:
    What a stupid nickname. Honey badger? Really?
    …………….
    Yeah, just awful. Almost as bad as “rageviral”.

  18. My guess is that you’re a “2012”. The cheap Cardinals were very real – but ancient history.

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    How cute, a cardinal fan trying to take up the putdown Santa Clara fans had been using for the last few years. You know, a Santa Clara team that has a rich history of winning superbowls and hall-of-fame players.

    Meanwhile, the cardinals…

    Ok yes, it is absolutely true that when a team finds success and starts winning on the regular it gets new fans, casual fans that just like being part of the winning vibe. There are indeed “2012” fans of the Seahawks because they won the superbowl and went back the next year. That is a lot of fun for the fans and they won’t forget it anytime soon.

    Just as there are “2015” Cardinal fans(because winning the division is as good as it gets for you guys) and all the Arizona transplants from somewhere else wanted to start having fun around the water-cooler too. If you guys win a superbowl there will be new 2016 cardinal fans…*shrugs*

    That “shot” just doesn’t have the same impact or meaning coming from a cardinal fan, you should stop.

    As for the fan who wondered why I didn’t realize the cardinals were so cheap and had a “stench” to wipe off…fact is my Seahawks just moved to the NFC West in 2002 and have dominated the division since. Twice as many division championships(if that’s a thing) than the next guy. I only started really paying attention to the Rams, Niners and Cards more closely since then and I just figured the Cards were plain bad. Bad everything, coaching, players, fans…them being cheap never really crossed my mind.

    Now Bruce is there and taking charge and the culture seems to be changing. Good on you guys as the niners fell off the map and iron sharpens iron so now you are the new division rival. Good for everyone.

    Have a good one guys and here is to no injuries. I do think Earl Thomas is a better safety than Honey Badger but I’m glad it’s working out like this because now Earl has a chip on his shoulder again.

  19. Well according to Spotrac, next year before this deal the Cardinals had…

    $44,488,993

    …in cap space. 3rd most in league.

    Add in the 10 or so million it’s likely to be raised and the Cardinals aren’t in any sort of trouble cap wise.

    In 2018, before the Mathieu contract
    $84,456,220 in cap space. 2nd most in league.

    The Cards still have a ton of cap flexibility to absorb more contracts.
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    Oh my goodness, you didn’t really believe they have $44 million in capspace did you?

    They have roughly $2 million in space. Go look at overthecapdotcom, where they actually know what they are talking about…..

    Anyways, he’s the best player in their secondary (far better than the one year wonder PP).

  20. Overthecap says the Cardinals have $47.5 million in space for 2017. The Cardinals have boatloads of space for next season. It’s the 2016 season that has $2 million in space. So, yeah, the Cardinals are just fine.

    The Seahawks, on the other hand, only have $22 million in space next year. So the Cardinals are in a much better cap position than Seattle, according to the website “where they actually know what they are talking about.”

  21. Birdgang says:

    Overthecap says the Cardinals have $47.5 million in space for 2017. The Cardinals have boatloads of space for next season. It’s the 2016 season that has $2 million in space. So, yeah, the Cardinals are just fine.

    The Seahawks, on the other hand, only have $22 million in space next year. So the Cardinals are in a much better cap position than Seattle, according to the website “where they actually know what they are talking about.”
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    Yes but the Seahawks have all their key players signed for the next 3 years and the Cardinals don’t. Plus they have more than $50 million invested in 3 players over 30 and another with two bad knees.

    Plus, the Seahawks QB is a proven winner. The Cards QB is proven choke.

    So there’s that.

  22. jakehoyt says:

    Arizona has money coming off the books. They will keep Chandler Jones happy
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    Yes, Palmer, Fitz, Floyd, Campbell all come off the books next year, and 3 of the 4 are over 30 and fading.

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