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Cardinals progressing on reworking Tyrann Mathieu’s deal

Tyrann Mathieu, Cardinals

According to reports, the Arizona Cardinals are starting to break positive ground in a possible reworking of Tyrann Mathieu’s contract.

This is according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, who states the Cardinals are “making positive strides” toward restructuring the safety’s deal.

Somers recently relayed information that pretty much inferred the franchise wasn’t committed to Mathieu in a way that promised a deal could be struck, but enough wiggle room in the conversation was had to suggest the Cardinals wouldn’t mind the talented defensive back returning to the team.

Steve Keim, Arizona general manager, told Somers earlier in March:

“We all know that he has a value and done a lot of great things in this league,” Keim said. “This year, for the first time, he’s stayed healthy.

“Again, that’s the hard part of the business, making those decisions and making sure there’s not an emotional attachment versus what’s right for the organization.”

A third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by Arizona, Mathieu made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and just finished his first year in which he played in every game during the regular season.

Only 25-years-old, Mathieu still has a lot left in the tank. The Cardinals would be wise in trying to keep him around as long as humanly possible.