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Tyrann Mathieu

Tyrann Mathieu hopes to be on Cardinals this time next year, but ...

Many Arizona Cardinals fans were not happy with the team on Wednesday when it was announced that safety Tyrann Mathieu was being released. He had the most snaps from the slot than any safety in the league previous year, which means they want him in the box.

"I've never made a secret that Tyrann has always had a special place in my heart and always will", Keim said.

There will surely be significant interest in Mathieu from other teams this offseason.

Any team signing Mathieu will be getting, according to our National Football League insider Neil Reynolds, "an outstanding defender and a very versatile chess piece on that side of the ball".

Mathieu played a full 16 games in 2017 but his play dipped considerably.

Following his release, Mathieu exchanged Twitter posts with supporters. Jerick has proven to be an extremely versatile football player whose speed, elusiveness and tackle-breaking ability make him a very hard matchup for defenses.

A second ACL injury prematurely ended Mathieu's 2015 season. The six-year veteran signed a five-year, $62.5 million deal last August.

If we are being honest, it's unlikely the Panthers will sign him, especially having to compete with the likes of the New York Jets, who feature some of his former coaches and a heck of a lot more cap space than Carolina. He has the ability to play safety or cornerback if needed and can be a ball-hawk at the back end of a defense. General manager Jason Licht was Arizona's VP of player personnel when Mathieu was drafted in 2013. He can affect the game at all levels of the field, though there should be some concern that his coverage grades have declined over the last two seasons.

He finally was able to play an entire season a year ago - in fact, he played every defensive snap - but there was a perception that he had lost a step from his "Honey Badger" prime. He still finished with 68 tackles, nine pass deflections, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack and while getting named to the NFL All-Rookie Team.

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