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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
Contract: view contract details

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Tyrann Mathieu (ACL) believes he's about three weeks away from practicing.
Mathieu says he can "do everything," but that leaves him highly questionable for Week 1. If Mathieu doesn't progress as expected, he could become a candidate for the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him six games. Jul 28 - 4:56 PM

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Tyrann Mathieu (ACL) expects to be activated off the PUP list "shortly."

The Cardinals won't rush Mathieu's activation, as it would preclude him from beginning the year on the reserve/PUP list. The reserve/PUP seems highly unlikely, but Mathieu has said he won't return until he's 100 percent healthy. Evidently, he thinks it will be soon. Mathieu should be considered questionable for Week 1 until proven otherwise.
Jul 26 - 3:54 PM

Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) will open training camp on the active/PUP list.

It’s an expected move with Mathieu recovering from his second ACL surgery. Frostee Rucker (ankle) is also likely to open camp on PUP.
Jul 20 - 5:11 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Cardinals would like to hammer out an extension with contract-year DB Tyrann Mathieu before training camp.

The talks are complicated not just by the fact that Mathieu is recovering from a torn ACL, but also that he wants to be paid like a corner. The Cardinals are probably more inclined to offer safety money even though the majority of Mathieu's 2015 snaps came in the slot. Week 1 might be a more realistic deadline for a deal.
Jun 28 - 5:51 PM

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.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 6:16 PM

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 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

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