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Mathieu agreed to a four-contract. (@AZCardinals, Twitter) After three weeks of post-draft anticipation, Tyrann Mathieu inked the first NFL contract of his professional career with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday. Multiple media sources described the contract as having fair provisions for both sides, guaranteeing Mathieu the standard rookie salary amounts with signing, roster and workout bonuses as incremental incentives. Drug tests aren’t a specific condition of the contract, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the rookie defensive back enters the league already as a participant in the drug program and is subject to the terms and testing that shall be required – not a decision made by the Cardinals franchise. Mathieu receives a signing bonus of $265,000 with his regular rookie salary of $405,000 in 2013. Yearly roster bonuses in the next three years of $132,500 will be granted upon him being active each year for every regular game week, “guarding skill and injury”. To clarify, Mathieu wouldn’t miss out on that money unless he was suspended in connection with violating the NFL’s drug or conduct policy. His rookie salary increases to $495 k (’14), $585 k (’15) and $675 k (’16), accumulating towards the complete contract value of $3.052 million over the four years. The remaining portion of the total is figured into workout bonuses dependent on a 90 percent attendance rate in the offseason program and full participation in mini camp. It doesn’t take much to read between the lines and understand how Arizona is protecting the best interests of the franchise in regards to this new rookie’s contract. The hope is that Mathieu will be a productive team player on the straight and narrow, getting paid a fair figure comparable to others drafted at similar positions. After he scribbled his name on the line in the presence of Cardinal President Michael Bidwill, the Honey Badger expressed how grateful and blessed he was, proud to say he “made it” to the NFL and that he is living out his dream. The post Breaking down the specifics of Mathieu’s contract appeared first on One is the Loneliest Number.

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