Not only did Mathieu set a career high in tackles (80 total) and interceptions (five), Mathieu scored the only touchdown of his career, a 33-yard interception return against the 49ers in the third week of the season.
Although it's unclear where Mathieu might want to play next, we do know one thing, he wants to play for a team that has a strong defense.
New defensive coordinator James Bettcher held the same position with the Cardinals from 2015-2017 where he helped the "Honey Badger" put together his finest season in the NFL. Those two contracts alone could pay for $8 million of Mathieu's first year with the team. The former LSU great is coming off his first National Football League season of playing the full 16 game slate - he started for Arizona in each of the games.
"I've never made a secret that Tyrann has always had a special place in my heart and always will", Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said in a statement. He suffered a torn ACL in December 2015 and landed on injured reserve a year later after dealing with a lingering shoulder problem.
But, as it's been for many seasons now, the Cowboys seem content to sit on their hands during the free agency frenzy. Here are three solid fits for The Honey Badger in 2018. He still finished with 68 tackles, nine pass deflections, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack and while getting named to the NFL All-Rookie Team.
He was due to make over $14 million this season, so he'll certainly be looking for a big payday and will have plenty of suitors.
2016 was Mathieu's most injury-plagued year, as the safety played in only 10 games for the Cardinals after suffering a shoulder injury. Plus, Todd Bowles is said to love Mathieu, not only as a player, but as a person.
Despite the injury, the Cardinals rewarded him with a five-year, $62.5 million contract, with $15.5 million guaranteed. However the harsh reality is no matter who the Cardinals got at quarterback, Mathieu's days in Arizona were numbered. However, Mathieu is as versatile as they come.