Breer: Cardinal at a crossroads
The Cardinals did not disclose the financial terms of the deal with the defensive back, but NFL.com's Albert Breer reported it's a four-year, $3.052 million contract that comes with an initial signing bonus of $265,000. The balance of the $662,500 bonus is spread across Year 2, 3 and 4.
The only way Mathieu won't receive the full payment is if he's dismissed from the team for drug use.
"I never doubted it," Mathieu said of signing an NFL contract, via the Cardinals' team website. "I knew it was a long shot and it would be a process, but to finally sit down and sign my name on the dotted line means a lot to me."
That didn't happen. Mathieu will be fairly compensated -- given he stays clean.