Tyrann Mathieu Worth Every Guaranteed Dollar of New Deal with Cardinals

August 2, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Tyrann Mathieu has come a long way in a short time in the NFL—from a risky third-round pick in the 2013 draft to perhaps the league's best defensive back.
The Arizona Cardinals made sure on Tuesday that there won't be any contract-year drama with Mathieu. As ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted, the Cardinals have agreed to terms with Mathieu on a five-year, $62.5 million extension that includes a whopping $40 million in guarantees:
It's a deal that makes Mathieu easily the NFL's highest-paid safety, per Spotrac, and while the Redbirds just sank a lot of guaranteed money into a player who already has two ACL tears, it's hard to argue that he isn't worth every penny.
As Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 pointed out, the guaranteed money Mathieu received dwarfs every other player at the position:
Granted, Mathieu isn't really a safety. Moving all over the secondary for the Cardinals, the LSU product is every bit as apt to line up as a cornerback as he is to ...

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