National Football League free agency rumors: Cardinals release Tyrann Mathieu

Tyrann Mathieu had some great moments in his five seasons with the Cardinals. | Ross D. Franklin  AP

Tyrann Mathieu had some great moments in his five seasons with the Cardinals. | Ross D. Franklin AP

A day after new general manager Brian Gutekunst signed tight end Jimmy Graham and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, the Packers are being included among potential landing spots for Pro Bowl defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, who was released by the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday.

Whatever the cost, the Dallas Cowboys would be wise to pursue safety Tyrann Mathieu in the coming days. But considering he's only 25, Mathieu is probably looking for a deal in the three-year, $35 million range.

Despite his maturity issues at times when he was at LSU, the talent Mathieu possessed was simply too good to ignore, and when seeing how much of an impact he's made over the last five seasons, he was clearly worth the Cardinals taking. Fox's Jay Glazer first reported the news and the team quickly confirmed it.

Keim may well feel that way, but on Tuesday he agreed to give oft-injured and always-mediocre quarterback Sam Bradford a one-year, $20 million contract with $15 million guaranteed.

"Come on over bro", Watt tweeted, tagging in Mathieu.


"We get to certain points and certain stages in our career where we start to take other peoples' opinions more than our own", Mathieu said. Safeties as versatile as the fierce 5-foot-9 Mathieu are hard to find.

But he also has been plagued by injuries and only last season did Mathieu appear in all 16 games.

His rookie season ended prematurely when he tore the LCL and ACL in his left knee.

Mathieu has said the night he spent in jail for that arrest changed his life.

In 2017, he recorded 78 tackles, seven passes defended, five tackles for a loss, two interceptions, one sack, and one forced fumble.

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