The Arizona Cardinals have officially parted ways with former third-round pick, Tyrann Mathieu, first reported by Fox Sports. The defensive back declined to renegotiate a pay cut with the Cardinals and was due $5.75 million in base salary in 2018 and $10.75 million in 2019.
By March 16th, he would also be due a $5 million roster bonus.
Per Over the Cap, cutting Mathieu comes with a $9.3 million dollar dead money hit, but saves Arizona $4.8 million in cap space for 2018.
Also known as the Honey Badger, Mathieu was a versatile free safety/nickel corner for an Arizona pass defense that finished 11th in passing DVOA in 2017, according to Football Outsiders.
If you’re wondering about the Packers’ interest, it likely isn’t high. The Pack are still talking to Morgan Burnett about a deal, but even his asking price may be a little too high. Mathieu will demand more on the open market than Burnett, considering he’s just 25 years old.
Mathieu has an injury history, but teams will be paying him in the hopes that his best football is still ahead of him.