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TEMPE, Arizona — Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu has signed a four-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. The team’s third-round draft pick, Mathieu did not play last season after repeated off-field issues. Nicknamed “Honey Badger,” Mathieu was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2011. He was kicked off LSU’s team before the start of last season for failed drug tests. His image and NFL future took another hit a few weeks later when he and three former teammates were arrested on marijuana charges after police officers found 10 bags of pot and drug paraphernalia in his Baton Rouge apartment. In two seasons at LSU, Mathieu recovered eight fumbles, returning two for touchdowns, forced 11 fumbles, made four interceptions and 133 tackles, and had six sacks. He returned two punts for score.

Reports: Mathieu in NFL drug testing program

When the Cardinals signed third-round pick Tyrann Mathieu on Thursday, there was much speculation that the four-year contract would include stipulations based on Mathieu's history of failed drug tests at LSU (Mathieu reportedly told NFL teams during the draft evaluation process that the number of failed tests was in the double digits). That speculation was partly based on a...

Tyrann Mathieu already enrolled in the NFL’s drug test program

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Cardinals rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu is already enrolled in the NFL’s drug test program and can be tested up to 10 times per month. As I said on Total Access: Tyrann Mathieu enters @nfl in league’s drug test program, per source. Subject to as many as 10 tests per month — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 23, 2013 No additional language...

Tyrann Mathieu Agrees To Four Year Deal With Cardinals

Tyrann Mathieu is officially an Arizona Cardinal now after agreeing to a four-year deal with the teams.  For weeks people wondered what his contract numbers and guaranteed money will look like, and today we finally found out. According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, it’s a four-year, $3.052 million contract that comes with an initial signing bonus of $265,000. The balance of...

Breaking down the specifics of Mathieu’s contract

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...

Tyrann Mathieu Could Be Drug Tested 10 Times Per Month

Tyrann Mathieu is on top of the world tonight after surviving a rough year in a half, and finally agreeing to an NFL contract, after signing a four-year $3.052 million contract with the Cardinals. Mathieu may have made it through the initial rough patch, but according to Around The League, things are just starting to get difficult for Mathieu. According to reports, Mathieu has...

Ryan Williams says 2012 injury a blessing

Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams was one of many Cards skill players that ended up on the shelf in 2012-13. We often reflect on the infamous Body Bag Game that went down between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins in 1990. But what about the Body Bag Season? When it came time to pack it in for the year, Arizona was pulling random names in to play quarterback...

Tyrann Mathieu Signs His 4 Year Rookie Deal With Cardinals

We will have the contract details shortly. #Cardinals signed 3rd round pick DB Tyrann Mathieu to a 4-year deal, per @cardschatter, picture of him signing – — Dov Kleiman (@NFL_RealUpdates) May 23, 2013 Tyrann Mathieu’s deal includes a $265,000 signing bonus. Additional $397,500 paid in roster bonuses is guar, unless he’s cut b/c of drugs. — Albert Breer ...

Arizona Cardinals: Bruce Arians Likes What He Sees in Carson Palmer

The chemistry between a head coach and quarterback is very important in the NFL. As we all know, the Arizona Cardinals have a new head coach in Bruce Arians and a new starting quarterback in veteran Carson Palmer. Now that the first week of OTAs have been completed, things seem to be going quite well so far as Palmer digests Arians’ offense and Arians watches Palmer gets used to...

Cardinals RB Ryan Williams Says He Was ‘Scared To Run The Ball’ Last Season

We all ask our athletes to be honest, but the ones that brutally honest usually catch the most flak. Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams admitted to the Arizona Republic that  he played through last season in a state of fear, worried that his surgically repaired right knee wouldn’t hold up. Williams told the paper that he was freaked out about running a play called “39...

News and nuggets from Cardinals OTA’s

Arians is conducting his first set of OTA’s as Cardinals coach. (@AZCardinals, Twitter) Organized team workouts taking place means one thing. We are one step closer to the start of training camp and the NFL season kicking off. The Cardinals are in the second week of their OTA’s with the last day coming tomorrow. Arizona will also have OTA’s June 3-6 and then June 11-13. With...

Bruce Arians calls out Cardinals offense

Bruce Arians is not happy with his offense, and he's letting everyone know about it. It's not often that you hear a head coach, much less a first year head coach, call out his own team as early as OTAs, but it seems Arians wants to give his team a kick in the rear. "We're just not picking it up fast enough," he said via the Associated Press. "We'...

Arizona Cardinals Twitter account has funny message for Brian Urlacher

In honor of the famous incident with Dennis Green blowing a gasket in a press conference after the Arizona Cardinals blew a lead against the Chicago Bears, the Cardinals Twitter account tweeted out a creative congratulations to Brian Urlacher.  Urlacher announced his retirement this week, and many will be sad to see the Hall of Fame linebacker go.

Arizona State's Pat Tillman, Coast Guard's Bruce Melnick Named to Academic All-America Hall of Fame

Capital One named the 2013 Academic All-America Hall of Fame class yesterday, and three of the five inductees are former football players, including Coast Guard's Bruce Melnick and Arizona State's Pat Tillman. Melnick earned Academic All-America honors as a senior at the Coast Guard Academy, leading the Bears to an 8-2 record before embarking on a 20-year career as a Coast...
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