So when the Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday that the defensive back was being waived following a failed contract restructuring, members of the BirdGang let their feelings be known.
Unfortunately, good things in the National Football League must come to an end in some occasions, and after failing to figure out a way to re-do his current deal, Arizona decided on Wednesday to move on from their defensive superstar with a release. Mathieu was released by the Cardinals after refusing to take a pay cut this offseason. Mathieu had his best season in 2015 in which he appeared in 14 games, tallied 89 tackles, 17 pass deflections, five interceptions, one forced fumble, one defensive touchdown while making the Pro Bowl and getting named first-team All-Pro.
Mathieu was used mostly as a free safety in Arizona, but is about as versatile as modern defensive backs come.
The Cardinals are signing former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andre Smith to a two-year, $8 million deal that could be worth up to $10.2 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. When they made it to the NFC Championship Game in 2015 after going 13-3 in the regular season, it felt like their coming out party.
Mathieu struggled to stay healthy for an entire season while in Arizona.
The Honey Badger is on the market.
By cutting Mathieu, the Cardinals will save $4.8 million but absorb $9.3 million in dead money.
In 2017, he recorded 78 tackles, seven passes defended, five tackles for a loss, two interceptions, one sack, and one forced fumble.
But he also has been plagued by injuries and only last season did Mathieu appear in all 16 games.
Mathieu's former defensive coordinator, James Bettcher, is now the Giants defensive coordinator which could lure the Honey Badger to NY.