Cardinals ask Tyrann Mathieu to take a pay cut

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The Cardinals have asked safety Tyrann Mathieu to take a pay cut, Mathieu told Gregg Rosenthal of NFL Media.

Mathieu said he and his agent spoke with the Cardinals on Thursday. He sounded open to a restructure but not a pay cut.

“But taking money out of my pocket. I don’t like how that feels,” Mathieu said.

The Cardinals owe Mathieu $18.75 million in guaranteed money if he’s on the roster the third day of the league year. He has a $14.1 million cap number each of the next two seasons, and Arizona would save $4.8 million against its cap in 2018 by making him a pre-June 1 cut and $11 million as a post-June 1 cut.

Mathieu, 25, led the league in total snaps with 1,053 in 2017, playing 99.43 percent of the Cardinals’ defensive plays. He made 74 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups last season.

30 responses to “Cardinals ask Tyrann Mathieu to take a pay cut

  1. Terrible the NFL even let a guy this in the league. Failed multiple drug tests in college and gets kicked off the team because of drugs. But yet he is on an NFL roster taking another guys place who has probably worked hard and did things right but because of god given talent this guy makes millions.

  2. Tell them to go to hell. Then, if they cut you, you can go play for someone who actually wants you. Some of these teams have some real cajones to ask these types of players to take pay cuts.

  3. He should say no. They’ll cut him and get a 3rd round comp pick.

    Someone else will roll the dice and give him that money. Happens every other day, these days.

  4. Yes. Ask your 25-year-old #1b defensive keystone to take a pay cut. Ohhhkaaay.

  5. He should say no. They’ll cut him and get a 3rd round comp pick.
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    Nope. They get nothing if they cut him.

  6. They’re asking a 25 year old top tier defensive back who played more snaps than any defensive player in the league last year to take a pay cut?

    Yeah, good luck with that.

  7. Cards getting desperate trying to find cap money trying to sign Cousins. It’s signing that wont happen.
    Cousins has already said he wants to go to Minnesota IF the money is similar.
    The Vikings GM has done a great job on their cap, Cousins wants a 3 year heavy front end loaded contract, Minnesota has already extended 1/2 the Defensive stars last year, this year the rest will be extended with back end heavy contracts.
    The only team that can win this is the Jets. BUT there is no way they are going to pay over 35 million on him a year guaranteed. Ya You Betcha …..SKOL! Personally I think Minnesota or anybody is crazy spending that on him but….. I’d rather have Foles or Keenum.

  8. IMO most players who are pressured into a pay cut didn’t validate their contract. With Tyrann I can’t help but feel the Cardinals made a mistake of overpaying him (I’d argue NO Safety deserves $18.75M) and now want to correct THEIR mistake, which is very different than when most teams are trying to correct the player’s underperformance (Dezzy-B).

    I hope Tyrann pushes back.

    And I assume Arizona will ‘aggressively’ pursue all their options and make a decision 4 months later.

  9. I remember watching this guy fall late into the draft because of character concerns. He’s been nothing short of stellar in that department his whole career. He really made a statement, an elite safety in the league.

  10. You know I really have never figured out how they can call those things contracts when a Team can just release you for pretty much any reason, but the player can’t leave for the same reasons…

  11. guys like this think they can just smoke drugs all day and continue to live the lavish life. imo they should tear up his contract and start paying him a stipend instead, just a few dollars 2 get him thru the weak.

  12. Teams are quick to gain cap space once they realize paying a guy 14 million gets them the same place as not paying a guy 14 million. It sucks for players. It feels like the best way for a team to stay young and competitive is get a franchise QB and trade away your players before paying them their 2nd contracts and rinse and repeat.

  13. To those that said you get a third round pick….um no they wont. You some other type of stupid?
    Anyone with half a brain knows they go sign a guy in free agency that will negate that eligible comp pick

  14. one thing you might want to take into account is his injury problem. out more than in. 2 really bad knees. so don’t be jumpin bad on the cards to soon.

  15. kingthielenscourt says:
    March 8, 2018 at 8:26 pm
    You know I really have never figured out how they can call those things contracts when a Team can just release you for pretty much any reason, but the player can’t leave for the same reasons…
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    Contracts are whatever people agree to. Enlisting in the military is a contract, they can get rid of you if they want, and you definitely can’t leave if you want to. Pay isn’t similar, but yeah.

  16. joshr99164 says:
    March 8, 2018 at 7:59 pm
    They’re asking a 25 year old top tier defensive back who played more snaps than any defensive player in the league last year to take a pay cut?

    Yeah, good luck with that.
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    He’s really not top tier anymore. Knee injuries have robbed him of the speed that allowed him to play slot corner. He’s now just a somewhat undersized safety who really isn’t worth $18mil a year.

  17. With his age and skill set he will have no problem securing another good contract, not to mention leaving a pretty damn big hole in the Cardinals’ D.

  18. patriotmaleorgy says:
    March 8, 2018 at 7:27 pm
    Terrible the NFL even let a guy this in the league. Failed multiple drug tests in college and gets kicked off the team because of drugs. But yet he is on an NFL roster taking another guys place who has probably worked hard and did things right but because of god given talent this guy makes millions.
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    The guy got busted smoking marijuana as a kid, give me a break. He’s been a model citizen since he entered the league and hasn’t broken a single rule as an NFL player. That’s old news.

  19. I really hate how the NFL treats their players. This guy busts his ass to be one of the best at his position and they don’t want to pay him the money THEY agreed to.

  20. He might have played a lot last year, but he was not the playmaker he used to be. Sure he might come back to his his previous standards, but changing a little of his salary to incentives makes a lot of sense for the cards. You can argue that it is not fair, but the business allows the teams to squeeze the players – if the players don’t like it they should negotiate a better collective barganing agreement.

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