The Honey Badger is a free agent. The Arizona Cardinals are releasing safety Tyrann Mathieu, a New Orleans native and former star at LSU, according to an NFL.com report.
The move means Mathieu is free to sign with any other team.
The report said the New York Giants are a potential landing spot for Mathieu, who played for New York's defensive coordinator James Bettcher while in Arizona.
"It's what we are doing right now with the coaching staff, looking not only at Tyrann but every player, and see how they fit," Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said last month. "How they fit what we are asking them to do schematically, and how they fit from a salary standpoint, all those things moving forward, and there are a lot of moving parts. What we are potentially doing in free agency, how it affects the cap, and I feel we have a pretty good grasp on that."
For the New Orleans Saints, wide receiver Michael Thomas was ready with his own pitch to Mathieu, a New Orleans native who played his high school football at St. Augustine.
"Come to the BLOCK, where all we trying to do is win every game and not get caught up in weirdo stuff," Thomas tweeted at the time.
Mathieu would likely be one of the hottest targets on the market, but he'd also be a potential replacement for the departed Kenny Vaccaro.
Fully recovered after tearing his ACL in 2016, Mathieu played more snaps than any player in the NFL in 2017 and picked up 78 tackles, a sack and two interceptions.
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