Arizona Cardinals release former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu

Tyrann Mathieu

Tyrann Mathieu became the top fish in a barren free-agent pond after being cut by the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday. Taking in Mathieu wouldn't be worth the money and especially since he'd be a hybrid player that doesn't specialize in the cornerback role.

At only 25-years old, Mathieu's considered by many to be one of the league's premier safeties. Mathieu suffered an ACL tear in 2015 and was limited to 10 games in 2016. That brings us back to his contract, which featured figures that required Arizona to take a leap of faith and ultimately challenged Mathieu's value.

Over five seasons in Arizona, Mathieu delivered 308 tackles, four sacks, 41 passes defended, 11 interceptions and four forced fumbles.

Drafted in the 3rd round out of LSU in 2013, Mathieu immediately made his presence felt on the field, in the locker room and in the Phoenix community. Last season, he put up 66 tackles and two interceptions while playing all 16 games for the first time.

Whether or not the Giants should sign Mathieu will likely come down to price. Here are three solid fits for The Honey Badger in 2018. Calais Campbell's breakout season with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017 is probably the best example of what a fresh start in the right system could do for Mathieu. He was a Pro Bowler and All-Pro in 2015 under Bettcher's first season as defensive coordinator in Arizona.

He also wants to make it clear that he's looking for a team in which winning is ingrained, not just a big paycheck. Mathieu would be a big get for the Texans, who featured one of the league's worst secondaries a year ago. This is still a big part of his game and past year, many of his big plays came in the fourth quarter in crunch time.

It's unlikely, though, he will land with the Jets or Giants, despite having ties to both teams.

Adding a player like Mathieu to a defense with several Pro-Bowl caliber players is extremely enticing, and come to think of it, more than possible.

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