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Tyrann Mathieu | Defensive Back | #32

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 186
College: LSU
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 3 (69) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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Texans coach Bill O'Brien said he wants Tyrann Mathieu to focus on safety.
"We value versatility, but we also understand that a guy needs to have basically one home," O'Brien said. "He needs to understand and master that one home, which is safety for Tyrann. Then, in different packages that are played less of the time, maybe he does something else." It is an understandable position as Mathieu attempts to learn a new defense, but his value is his versatility. Houston should get him in position to make plays as often as possible. May 15 - 10:52 AM

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Texans signed DB Tyrann Mathieu, formerly of the Cardinals, to a one-year contract.

J.J. Watt put the full-court press on with a recruiting pitch and was able to seal the deal for Houston. Mathieu was cut by the Cardinals earlier this week after he refused to restructure his contract. Mathieu will look to rehab his value in Houston and hit the market next year. He's still just 25 and can play all over the back of the defense at safety, nickel, and even dime linebacker. The Texans have had one of the best weeks in the league, adding Mathieu, CB Aaron Colvin, OG Zach Fulton, and OG Senio Kelemete. OL and the secondary were huge needs.
Mar 16 - 10:47 PM

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports the Texans are "seriously interested" in free agent DB Tyrann Mathieu.

Mathieu would be a big get for the Texans, who featured one of the league's worst secondaries last year. Houston already made a splash by poaching Aaron Colvin from Jacksonville and can go for the jugular by reeling in Mathieu. Still just 25, the Honey Badger was let go by Arizona on Wednesday after refusing a pay cut. He was a first-team All-Pro as recently as 2015.
Mar 14 - 6:26 PM

Cardinals released DB Tyrann Mathieu.

The Cardinals wanted Mathieu to either take a pay cut or restructure his contract, but the Honey Badger stood firm and forced the team to release him. The Cardinals will save $4.8 million against the cap with the move or $11 million if they designate Mathieu as a post-June 1 cut. Mathieu doesn't turn 26 until May and should have a hot market after he led the NFL in snaps in 2017 and played all 16 games. His play has a dipped a bit in recent years, however.
Mar 14 - 1:24 PM

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals are "making positive strides" in talks to restructure Tyrann Mathieu's contract.

Mathieu was asked to take a pay cut last week, which he understandably balked at, but it seems the sides are working on a compromise. A resolution should come soon as the 25-year-old is due a $5 million roster bonus on Wednesday. Mathieu's play declined somewhat last year while battling injuries but he remains an integral part of the Cardinals' secondary.
Mar 13 - 3:36 PM

Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu says the team has asked him to take a pay cut.'s Ian Rapoport reports it would be a "large" cut. Mathieu is currently scheduled to make $10.75 million between salary and bonuses. He's due a $5 million roster bonus next Wednesday. It's quite possible Mathieu refuses the cut and earns his release. Cutting Mathieu and designating it as a post-June 1 move would free up $11 million in space.
Mar 8 - 7:02 PM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports expects the Cardinals to move on from DB Tyrann Mathieu this offseason.

La Canfora came to this conclusion "based on everything" he heard at the Combine this week. Mathieu saw his play decline in 2017 and is owed a $5 million roster bonus on March 16. Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds threw out Tampa Bay as a possible landing spot for the Honey Badger should he become available. Jason Licht, who now serves as Bucs' GM, was instrumental in drafting Mathieu when he was VP of player personnel for the Cardinals.
Mar 2 - 8:40 PM

Neither Cardinals GM Steve Keim nor coach Steve Wilks would commit to Tyrann Mathieu sticking with the team in 2018.

A large chunk of Mathieu's 2018 and 2019 salaries guarantee if he is still on the roster on the first day of the new league year, and he is owed a $5 million roster bonus on March 16, giving the Cardinals less than two weeks to make a decision on the safety. Mathieu was solid in 2017 and played 16 games for the first time in his career, but he was not the same disruptive force he had been in the past. Arizona would save $4.8 million against the cap by cutting Mathieu before March 14.
Mar 1 - 8:56 AM

The Cardinals' official website expects the team to "take a look" at Tyrann Mathieu's "contract structure."

Although he was finally healthy and led the NFL in snaps in 2017, Mathieu's contract will almost certainly be readjusted. For 2018, he's due $10.75 million between salary and bonuses, including a $5 million roster bonus. If he's on the Cardinals' roster at the start of the new league year, he will be locked into $19 million guaranteed overall. That's too much for a 5-foot-9 hybrid who has declined from his play-making peak because of injuries.
Jan 4 - 5:34 PM

Cardinals CB Tyrann Mathieu will be guaranteed $19 million if he's on the roster at the start of the 2018 league year, March 14.

Mathieu would be guaranteed a $5 million roster bonus, his $5.75 million 2018 salary, and $8 million of his 2019 salary if that happens. Beat writer Kent Somers believes the Cardinals could ask Mathieu to take a pay cut or even release him if he refuses. Mathieu appeared in all 16 games this season for the first time in his career and played more snaps than any other player. Mathieu was Pro Football Focus' No. 44 corner out of 121 qualifiers in 2017, excelling as a pass rusher.
Jan 3 - 3:43 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians estimates Tyrann Mathieu's surgically-repaired right knee is "96 percent."

Arians did say Mathieu's shoulder is back to 100 percent. Mathieu tore his ACL in Dec. 2015, and never looked quite right in 2016. Going on 25, Mathieu has torn both his ACLs during his four-year NFL career. Mathieu is a gifted playmaker when at 100 percent, but perhaps he'll never be quite the same again.
Tue, Jan 31, 2017 04:42:00 PM

Cardinals CB/S Tyrann Mathieu has already added 10 pounds this offseason.

Mathieu is bulking up in an effort to stay healthy and return to a safety-slot role close to the line of scrimmage, but he admits he may have to drop weight again if it affects his quickness. Mathieu's bigger concerns are the two ACL tears which seemed to sap his explosiveness in 2016. If he can get back to full health, he should return as the playmaker the Cardinals paid him to be last August.
Thu, Jan 26, 2017 12:55:00 PM

Cardinals placed CB Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Mathieu struggled mightily coming off last year's ACL tear and dealt with a troublesome shoulder injury throughout 2016. "He gave it everything he had," said coach Bruce Arians. "It ain't Ty." The Cardinals also placed ILB Deone Bucannon and CB/S Tyvon Branch on injured reserve last week. Mathieu signed a new five-year, $64.1 million deal at the start of training camp and should return healthy as Arizona's playmaking slot corner in 2017.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 02:39:00 PM

Cardinals CB/S Tyrann Mathieu will return for Week 15 against the Saints.

This was confirmed by coach Bruce Arians on Friday. Mathieu will return to replace Tyvon Branch at slot corner after Branch was placed on injured reserve this week. Mathieu has struggled in coverage this season, so his presence isn't particularly worrisome for the fantasy outlook of Willie Snead.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 02:56:00 PM

Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.

He's missed four of the Cardinals' last five games while battling shoulder issues. His return to practice is a step in the right direction but it remains unclear if he'll be ready for Sunday's game against New Orleans. Tyvon Branch has been filling in at slot corner.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 05:49:00 PM

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FS1Andre Hal
2Justin Reid
3Corey Moore
4Treston Decoud
SS1Tyrann Mathieu
2Ibraheim Campbell
3Kurtis Drummond
P1Shane Lechler