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Tyrann Mathieu: 'It's not all about money for me'

Tyrann Mathieu: 'It's not all about money for me'

Tyrann Mathieu's time with the Arizona Cardinals is at an end.

Free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu will prioritise joining a winning team following his release by the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday. But he played and started in all 16 games in 2017, though he says the previous injuries were weighing on him. Mathieu reportedly would have had a cap number of $14.1 million, which is more money than Arizona wanted to allot toward him. When they made it to the NFC Championship Game in 2015 after going 13-3 in the regular season, it felt like their coming out party.

However, the Jets drafted two safeties past year in Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye so it may be unlikely. The Pro Bowler is entering his sixth season in the National Football League, which is a rare find in free agency. Mathieu is playing an underneath zone and does a fantastic job of reading Blake Bortles to turn his poor decision into an interception. And before you haggle about the salary cap, there is always a way for a creative front office like Steelers to make things fit. "It was missing those wild plays, and that's what I'll take from this season". Here he beats running back Carlos Hyde for the sack.

In five years, the versatile, athletic safety has racked up 11 interceptions, 305 total tackles and 41 passes defended as he'll enter a market where he bound to receive plenty of interest. He allowed a rating of 130.2 in 2016 and 91.6 last season. Mathieu provided emotional leadership for the his teammates during the 2015 season, sending them off against the Panthers with this inspirational speech.

Kentucky man pleads guilty to assaulting US Sen. Rand Paul
Boucher was charged after attacking the Paul in November 2017 at his Bowling Green home while the senator was mowing his lawn. Boucher was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond on Friday and is not allowed to contact Paul or his family.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported earlier in March that Mathieu appeared to be on his way out of Arizona.

Despite the astronomical numbers, Mathieu was viewed as a high-risk draft pick.

The Jets would be wise to stay away from Mathieu since they don't have a need for another safety and even though he could potentially play cornerback, it's not worth the risk. However, he has a history of character and injury concerns, and has also seen a decline in his on-field performance. Mathieu can be had when matched up against good slot receivers in man coverage, so the best bet to maximizing his value is tapping into the versatility.

Houston Texans fans - it is not every day a talented young defender like Tyrann Mathieu gets released by giants former team.

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