The contract of Tyrann Mathieu was extended by the Arizona Cardinals. Mathieu plays as a free safety for the Cardinals. He recently signed the largest deal ever in the NFL safety position.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Tyrann signed a contract worth $62.5 million in five years with the Cardinals. This makes his contract the biggest ever in the position.
It is easy for Arizona to give Mathieu the largest contract in the NFL safety history because of his top defense in the field. But Tyrann has already suffered a left ACL injury back in 2013. This is in addition to suffering an injury to his right ACL just last season.
The Cardinals are really making a gamble in extending the contract of their oft-injured player in the team.
Mathieu’s deal is also the most guaranteed money among the present safety contracts in the NFL. This is based on the ESPN Stats and Info, per Mike Jurecki.
Tyrann played college football at Louisiana State University (LSU).
However, after the 2011 season, he was suddenly removed by the LSU due to a failed drug test as reported by sources. This came after he was a finalist for the Heisman trophy and a consensus All-American.
The 24-year-old out of LSU was drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He had his best season last year before suffering a devastating injury. As a result, this caused him to miss the last two regular-season games of the Cardinals along with the post-season.
Although his season was cut short by an injury in which he only played 14 games, he was invited to his first Pro bowl. He was also named in the first-team All-Pro safety as announced by the Associated Press in the NFL.
The Cardinals are hoping that Mathieu would repay them with much better defense for the next season.
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