Tyrann Mathieu: Cardinals cut safety after he denied a pay cut

Tyrann Mathieu: Cardinals cut safety after he denied a pay cut

"Definitely gained some of my confidence back, so now I have an offseason to where I strictly focus on getting better, and so I'm thankful for that".

It'll be intriguing to see the interest in Pouncey, as just like the Dolphins as a team, he's been up-and-down in recent years.

Tryann Mathieu was officially released by the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon. Those two contracts alone could pay for $8 million of Mathieu's first year with the team.

The Cardinals are worse without Mathieu, but that must be taken into context with their overall situation. He suffered a torn ACL in December 2015 and landed on injured reserve a year later after dealing with a lingering shoulder problem. Mathieu took an entire season off from football but was still invited to the 2013 NFL Combine. He was a one-man wrecking crew in 2015, when he delivered 89 tackles, 17 passes defended, five interceptions and a touchdown for the Cardinals, who went 13-3 and had a top-five defense.

Green spent the past seven seasons with the Broncos, starting all 16 games last season and winning a Super Bowl ring in February 2016. Mathieu would play a more traditional safety role now.

That's not quite Ed Reed-levels of praise, but it's pretty damned close, and since he never got to bring Reed to the Patriots, perhaps this is his chance to help someone else live up to their huge potential.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles was Matthieu's defensive coordinator in Arizona prior to Bettcher and has a personal connection to him through his stepdaughter, who has a child with Mathieu. In the first game of his rookie year, Mathieu reinforced his Honey Badger reputation by causing a fumble by St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook as he was nearing the goal line.

Despite the injury, the Cardinals rewarded him with a five-year, $62.5 million contract, with $15.5 million guaranteed. And when he rejected that, the writing was on the wall and Mathieu was just waiting for the call that came Wednesday.

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