Why Did Arizona Cardinals Give Rookie CB Tyrann Mathieu a Four-Year Deal?

By Paul Seaver
Matt Kartozian-USA Today Sports

With the 69th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft the Arizona Cardinals took a risk and threw their confidence at former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.

Only time will tell if the reward will outweigh the risk because there has never been the denial of Mathieu’s on the field talent. It’s his off the field issues that have become the problem over the past year or so. Mathieu burst onto the national scene in 2011 and the hype surrounding his potential at LSU in 2012 was through the roof.

Then he got in trouble, then he got kicked out of the program, then the doubters and naysayers took center stage — we know the story.

The Cardinals still used their third round pick on him, which very well could end of being a great decision if Mathieu can get his act together. On Thursday afternoon however, ESPN‘s Adam Schefter announced that Arizona and Mathieu had reached a deal — a four-year deal that is.

Wait, what?

Why in the world would the Cardinals sign the Honey Badger to a four-year deal? This guy couldn’t even make it through four years of college.

The good news is there are certain points in his contact that protect the Cardinals, but that’s about the only justification for its length.

So let’s review things real quick. In under one full year, Mathieu has gone from having Heisman potential to being kicked off the program at LSU. He then faced an uncertain future both on and off the field, but the Cardinals took a chance on him. Now he has a four year deal without playing a football game since January of 2012?

Arizona better hope that the Honey Badger pans out both on and off the field.


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