Cardinals release 'The Honey Badger' Tyrann Mathieu

Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu leads the team on to the field prior to an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit Sunday Oct. 11 2015

I think the recent release of former Arizona Cardinals' safety Tyrann Mathieu is one of those rare opportunities that Dallas must break the bank for.

Arizona tried to work out a restructured deal with Mathieu, according to Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network, but failed to reach an agreement.

Unfortunately, good things in the National Football League must come to an end in some occasions, and after failing to figure out a way to re-do his current deal, Arizona decided on Wednesday to move on from their defensive superstar with a release.

While there were reports that the two sides worked toward an adjustment that would have lowered Mathieu's salary-cap number, it wasn't to be, particularly since Mathieu didn't want to take a pay cut - and knew that he wouldn't have to if he ended up on the open market.

Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) celebrates his interception against the Chicago Bears during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz.

The move by the Cardinals comes only a day after signing veteran quarterback Sam Bradford for a reported $20 million, one-year contract.

In short, they aren't happy. Whatever Mathieu could've given Arizona on the field, it was unlikely to alter the team's trajectory in 2018.

Mathieu during his five seasons as a Cardinal was ubiquitous in the Phoenix community.

Mathieu, 25, finished three of his five seasons on injured reserve thanks to two major knee injuries - a torn ACL and LCL in 2013 and a torn ACL in 2015. In his best season so far, back in 2015, the "Honey Badger" posted 89 combined tackles, 17 pass defends, five interceptions, a sack and a defensive touchdown.

Mathieu is an extremely versatile player who can play slot cornerback or safety.

Released safety Tyrann "The Honey Badger" Mathieu would be a flawless fit with the Patriots, who are in desperate need of an upgrade in the secondary.



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