GLENDALE, Ariz. — Defensive behind Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu and a Arizona Cardinals have reached an agreement on a 5-year, $62.5 million prolongation that includes $40 million guaranteed, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Tuesday.
His pledge is a largest for a reserve in a NFL, according to ESPN Stats Information.
Mathieu has been one of a NFL’s tip defenders, though he also tore his right ACL with dual games left final deteriorate and his left ACL during a 2013 season.
In annoy of that, Arizona is stepping adult to keep a actor who has excelled during a NFL level. He hasn’t been privileged to lapse to movement yet, though he is approaching to be within a subsequent dual weeks.
Mathieu was deliberate a claimant for defensive actor of a year final deteriorate until a injury. He had 5 interceptions — one of that led to his initial career defensive touchdown — 89 tackles and one sack. His ability to play 3 delegate positions increasing his value to a Cardinals, who didn’t need to use as many transformation packages with Mathieu on a field.
Last season, notwithstanding being listed as a safety, Mathieu played 62.3 percent of his snaps during cornerback, according to ESPN Stats Information. Pro Football Focus even rated Mathieu as a league’s best dilemma notwithstanding that not being his listed position.
Mathieu’s understanding comes as his fourth NFL deteriorate was set to begin. The Cardinals took a risk on Mathieu in a third turn of a 2013 NFL breeze after Mathieu missed his youth deteriorate during LSU in 2012 since was kicked off a group for unwell mixed drug tests. Mathieu was arrested in Oct 2012 and charged for possession of marijuana.
One chapter of a Cardinals drafting him was that he enter a drug-testing module with a team. His rookie agreement enclosed a $662,500 signing bonus, though Mathieu usually perceived $265,000 adult front and a rest of a income will come by approach of annual register bonuses.