Published: Wed, August 03, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona Cardinals agree to 5-year deal, report says

Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona Cardinals agree to 5-year deal, report says

The two sides started serious negotiations in May and were finally able to hammer out a deal on Tuesday. Mathieu has not only proven his doubters wrong, he has been a multi-threat player and beloved team leader. The Cardinals basically put Honey Badger on the field wherever they see fit, which sometimes means he's playing safety and sometimes means he's playing corner. Listed as a safety, he played a lot of cornerback, too.

Tyrann Mathieu just got paid. The Cardinals' defensive X-factor tore his ACL during his rookie season, and tore his other ACL toward the end of the 2015 season.

It will also make Mathieu the highest-paid safety in the league. Mathieu will receive $40 million in guaranteed money. I'm kind of different than both of those guys, but I still have the same type of impact on the game as those guys do.

Mathieu is joined in the top five by Harrison Smith of the Minnesota Vikings, Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs, Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks and Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles. Mathieu starred at LSU in 2011, earning a trip to the Heisman Trophy ceremony as a defensive back.

Tyrann Mathieu had a huge year for the Cardinals last year, even after missing the last two games of the season and the postseason.

Entering his fourth NFL season after being chosen in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Mathieu is coming off an injury-shortened campaign that had him in the running for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award until being sidelined in Week 15.

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