Dallas Cowboys must pursue Tyrann Mathieu in free agency

Tyrann Mathieu had some great moments in his five seasons with the Cardinals. | Ross D. Franklin  AP

Tyrann Mathieu had some great moments in his five seasons with the Cardinals. | Ross D. Franklin AP

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. He was a Pro Bowler and All-Pro in 2015 under Bettcher's first season as defensive coordinator in Arizona.

Despite his desire to remain with the team, a new agreement could not be reached.

Despite the ACL injury, the Cardinals had faith in their safety and signed Mathieu to a five-year, $62.5 million dollar contract extension. Many teams - including the Texans, Giants, Jets and Steelers are rumored to be hot after Mathieu's services and the Pats would likely have to win a bidding war to land him.

At only 25-years old, Mathieu's considered by many to be one of the league's premier safeties. With the amount of talent that the Cardinals have at the safety position, it made sense to move on from the veteran. Mathieu was schedule to make $10.75 million this upcoming season.

On the other hand, if Mathieu likes warm weather and not having to pay a state income tax, then maybe he'll take O.J. Howard's advice and sign with the Buccaneers.

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The Honey Badger is on the market. After a terrific start to his rookie year, he tore his left ACL in week 15 which ended his season prematurely.

But he also has been plagued by injuries and only last season did Mathieu appear in all 16 games. He's coming off another strong season in 2017 as he had two interceptions and a forced fumble in 16 games, the first time he's played a full season in his career.

By cutting Mathieu, the Cardinals will save $4.8 million but absorb $9.3 million in dead money.

However that won't stop the team from being mentioned with any and all free agents, even those that they don't have any interest in at this time such as recently-released Miami tackle Ndamukong Suh and Green Bay's Jordy Nelson.

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