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Tyrann Mathieu | Defensive Back | #32

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 186
College: LSU
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 3 (69) / ARZ
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Tyrann Mathieu (ACL) said he does not "want to be slotted as a corner or a safety."
Position designation could play a role as Mathieu negotiates his expected contract extension. Although he is labeled a safety by some, Mathieu played primarily as a corner last season, and top corners traditionally get paid more than top safeties. Mathieu is trying to eschew both labels, saying instead he wants to be paid like a "top defender." Even coming off his second career ACL tear, he should get his wish. May 23 - 6:16 PM
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Tyrann Mathieu (ACL) says he won't play in Week 1 unless he's 100 percent healthy.

"If I’m 90 percent, then I don’t necessarily want to go out there," Mathieu said. "I’ve already shown who I am and what I am, so my objective is to come back that same person. And if I can’t come back that same person, maybe I should wait until I am that person again." The stakes are high for the 24-year-old defensive back as he returns from his second career ACL tear. There is no reason for either the Cardinals or Mathieu to rush his return. That being said, it's still more likely than not he is out there for the opener.
May 23 - 1:39 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cardinals are "deep in negotiations" with Tyrann Mathieu (ACL) on an extension which would make him the "highest-paid safety" in the NFL.

It is debatable whether Mathieu should be considered a safety -- he is a slot corner -- but this report at least puts the potential numbers in perspective. Eric Berry holds the highest "annual average" ($10.8 million) under his franchise tag, but the largest long-term AAV for a safety belongs to Earl Thomas at $10 million. Devin McCourty falls slightly below Thomas at $9.5 million, but his five-year deal netted him $28.5 million guaranteed. While Mathieu would be easily worth those numbers at full health, he has torn his ACL twice since 2013 and has an extremely slight frame. The average value of his upcoming extension will likely be eye-popping, but the Cardinals might resist giving him big, long-term guarantees.
May 16 - 8:27 AM

Larry Fitzgerald said the Cardinals have had to hold Tyrann Mathieu back in his rehab from a torn ACL.

He suffered the injury on December 20 but has already resumed running. "He heals like Wolverine," said Fitzgerald. "We’re so happy to see he’s going to be ready to go for us by training camp, and he can pick right where he left off." Mathieu was one of the best slot corners in football last year and could be headed for a huge contract if he has another successful season in 2016. Of course, much of that depends on his health.
Apr 10 - 12:06 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim confirmed he's in extension talks with Tyrann Mathieu.

Extending Mathieu is Arizona's top priority. The sides are expected to finalize a deal in the coming months. Mathieu was a candidate for top-five corner money prior to ACL surgery, but it's possible the Cardinals get him at a discount.
Feb 20 - 4:34 PM

Cardinals CB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) is optimistic about the chances of finalizing a contract extension this offseason.

"We're both eager, we're both interested. I want to spend the rest of my career here," Mathieu said. "The biggest thing is getting my knee right, rehabbing and being ready for 2016." GM Steve Keim has already said his goal is to sign Mathieu to an extension this offseason, and Mathieu appears to be interested as well. It would be surprising if the two sides do not work out a deal in the coming months. Recovering from a torn ACL suffered in December, Mathieu said he is "pleased" with his rehab and hopeful he can be back by training camp.
Feb 15 - 10:47 AM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim says it's his goal to sign contract-year CB Tyrann Mathieu to an extension this offseason.

Mathieu has already said he wants to be back, so there's a high probability of an agreement. With Mathieu recovering from a torn ACL, however, talks might be best shelved until the summer when the "Honey Badger" will be further along in his recovery.
Feb 11 - 9:26 PM

AzCardinals.com expects the team to "look hard" at extending 2016 contract-year CB Tyrann Mathieu this offseason.

Mathieu is recovering from a torn right ACL, but has proven to be one of the league's best players when healthy. Mathieu's injury also opens a window for the Cardinals to seek a discount from their star cornerback. It's possible Mathieu won't play ball, and bet on a robust recovery and big 2016. That's far from a guarantee, of course. It's a complicated situation.
Jan 28 - 5:50 PM

Cardinals SCB Tyrann Mathieu said he is not going to rush his recovery from December ACL surgery.

Mathieu struggled in 2014 after suffering a torn ACL in December of his rookie season. "The first time I was kind of rushing it," Mathieu said. "I wanted to get back so fast I didn’t come back quite how I wanted to. Now I want to take my time with this, so I can come back 100 percent and not have one of those 2014 seasons." Despite "rushing" his rehab in 2014, Mathieu missed Week 1 and was limited for several more games. It would be surprising if he is all systems go by Week 1 this time around.
Jan 26 - 9:13 AM

Locking CB Tyrann Mathieu into a long-term deal will be a "priority" for the Cardinals this offseason, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

As it should be. Mathieu is headed into the last year of his rookie deal and the Cardinals can't afford to lose him after he earned PFF's top cornerback grade in 2015. Arizona's secondary hasn't looked the same since Mathieu tore his ACL in Week 15. We'd expect the Cardinals to make Mathieu the league's highest-paid slot cornerback.
Jan 24 - 8:55 AM

Cardinals CB Tyrann Mathieu has been diagnosed with a torn right ACL, and is done for the season.

Mathieu will be placed on injured reserve, and undergo surgery in the "next couple of weeks." It's a crushing blow for the 12-2 Cardinals, as Mathieu has been a legit Defensive Player of the Year candidate, playing every snap as he primarily roams the slot. A born playmaker, Mathieu's season ends with five picks, 16 passes defensed and a sack. He's PFF's No. 1 overall cornerback by a significant margin. The news is extra devastating because it's Mathieu's second severe knee injury in three years. Mathieu tore his left LCL and ACL in December 2013. He wasn't the same player in 2014 before returning to form this season. Headed into the final year of his rookie contract, Mathieu will be highly questionable for Week 1 of 2016.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 02:23:00 PM

ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports a sprained knee is considered the "best-case scenario" for Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu.

The implication being, a serious injury has yet to be ruled out. Mathieu is undergoing an MRI on Monday. We'll probably know his status by the time Monday Night Football kicks off.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 01:27:00 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was told by the team doctor Tyrann Mathieu's knee was "loose."

"It could be devastating. It could be okay," Arians said. "We just don’t know. When he came off the field, he was smiling. But the doctor said the knee’s loose." Mathieu left Sunday night's win over the Eagles late in the fourth quarter after going to the ground awkwardly while making his fifth interception of the season. A legitimate defensive player of the year candidate, any significant injury to Mathieu would be a big blow to the Cardinals' Super Bowl chances. We should know more after Mathieu's MRI Monday.
Source: MMQB
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 09:18:00 AM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim told FOX Sports' Jay Glazer re-signing CB Tyrann Mathieu is one their "biggest priorities."

Mathieu has another year left on his rookie deal, but locking the playmaker up to a long-term extension before he can hit free agency makes sense for Arizona. Mathieu has 57 tackles, a sack and three interceptions through ten games this season.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 01:33:00 PM

Cardinals CB Tyrann Mathieu has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 3.

Colin Kaepernick threw at slot CB Mathieu three times last Sunday, getting picked off twice and completing just one pass for two yards. The Honey Badger returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown. Now one season removed from tearing his ACL, Mathieu looks every bit of 100 percent. He's Pro Football Focus' No. 1 cover corner through three weeks, allowing 7.1 YPR.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 10:10:00 AM