After a tumultuous end to his collegiate career with the LSU Tigers, safety Tyrann Mathieu has been able to show off amazing maturity as he blossomed into one of the top player at his position in the NFL today.
Now, it appears as though the star defensive back, who is coming off of a season-ending ACL injury, is set to be rewarded for his hard work.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Mathieu is “deep in negotiations” with the Arizona Cardinals which would make him the “highest-paid safety” in the league.
An ACL hasn't changed the plans: #AZCardinals are deep in negotiations for an extension for Tyrann Mathieu, soon to be highest paid safety
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 16, 2016
Currently, the highest paid safety in the league is Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs, who is set to make $10.8 million in 2016 under the franchise tag.
If Mathieu tops that number, it will change the game for safeties negotiating their contracts moving forward.
Mathieu has certainly proven his talent on the field when healthy, but the Cardinals should be hesitant to invest a large amount of money into the LSU product. After all, Mathieu has been injury-prone throughout his young career and has suffered two torn ACLs since 2013.
It would be a risky move, but one with a very high reward.
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