New England Patriots free agency rumors: Tyrann Mathieu cut by Arizona Cardinals

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News broke on Wednesday morning that the Arizona Cardinals will be releasing safety Tyrann Mathieu.

Tyrann Mathieu's time with the Arizona Cardinals looks set to be over, according to reports.

Unfortunately, good things in the National Football League must come to an end in some occasions, and after failing to figure out a way to re-do his current deal, Arizona decided on Wednesday to move on from their defensive superstar with a release.

Per Mathieu on March 8, the Cardinals did ask him to take a pay cut but Mathieu seemed to dismiss that possibility with another cryptic tweet shortly after Keim's comments at the combine.

The height of Mathieu's time with the Cardinals came during the 2015 season, when he was named to the Pro Bowl. Mathieu, a combo defensive back capable of playing corner and safety, could effectively fill the shoes of both players.

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It's worth noting that the Packers just signed Wilkerson, who was great for the Jets in 2015 but then released just two years into an $86 million deal in a cap-saving move. Whatever Mathieu could've given Arizona on the field, it was unlikely to alter the team's trajectory in 2018. Mathieu played two seasons of college football at LSU, where he earned the nickname "The Honey Badger" for being one of the more ruthless defensive players at the collegiate level.

There are several reasons why this marriage likely won't take shape, however, beginning with the most obvious one: money.

Basically, it sounds like everyone in the AFC North is recruiting the Honey Badger.

But he also has been plagued by injuries and only last season did Mathieu appear in all 16 games. After a terrific start to his rookie year, he tore his left ACL in week 15 which ended his season prematurely. He battled back again to start 10 games in 2016 and all 16 games in 2017.

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