The Arizona Cardinals locked up Pro Bowl cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, agreeing to a five-year, $62.5 million deal that includes $40 million in guarantees, ESPN reported Tuesday. The guaranteed money reportedly is the most by any safety in the NFL.
Cardinals and S Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu reached agreement on 5-year, $62.5 million agreement that includes $40M gtd, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 2, 2016
Tyrann Mathieu $40M GTD... Most guaranteed money among current safety contracts Harrison Smith (Vikings) at $28.6M. per @ESPNStatsInfo— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) August 2, 2016
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Mathieu had a career year in 2015, finishing with 80 tackles and five interceptions -- both personal bests. The 24-year-old star safety missed the final two regular-season games of 2015 and Arizona's playoff run after suffering an ACL injury, which he's still rehabbing.
Mathieu, who is on the physically unable to perform list, fell to the third round of the NFL Draft in 2013 despite having what many considered to be first-round talent. He missed his final season at LSU because of numerous off-the-field issues.
The Cardinals have won at least 10 games in each of Bruce Arians' first three seasons as head coach. The team is coming off a 13-3 season but lost in the NFC title game to the Carolina Panthers.