The Patriots love versatility, and Mathieu certainly fits their athletic profile after running a 6.87-second 3-cone and 4.14-second short shuttle coming out of college. Lawrence is playing on a franchise tag of $17143 million for now, but wants a long-term deal.
But, as it's been for many seasons now, the Cowboys seem content to sit on their hands during the free agency frenzy.
Injuries and price could be the deterrent for New York's front office though. Names like Cedric Thornton, Nolan Carroll, Stephen Paea and Damontre Moore have all been failed attempts to pull quality play out of mediocre talent.
The Arizona Cardinals asked defensive back Tyrann Mathieu to take a paycut prior to the official start of a new league year which occurred at 4pm ET today.
Mathieu was used mostly as a free safety in Arizona, but is about as versatile as modern defensive backs come.
The height of Mathieu's time with the Cardinals came during the 2015 season, when he was named to the Pro Bowl. He played a full 16-game regular season for the first time in his career previous year, finishing with 78 tackles, 2 interceptions and 1 sack.
In 2017, he recorded 78 tackles, seven passes defended, five tackles for a loss, two interceptions, one sack, and one forced fumble.
Adding a player like Mathieu to the Cowboys defensive secondary would lift this entire unit to another level. He can play the roles of a safety, down in the box as a linebacker, or blitz from the sides to put pressure on the opposing quarterback. The only realistic way he was going to stay with the team next season was if he was willing to take a significant pay cut. The six-year veteran signed a five-year, $62.5 million deal last August. Per OverTheCap.com, Arizona incurs an $18.6 million dead money charge over the next three seasons as a result of the move but also realizes $33.2 million in cap savings over the remainder of his contract by releasing him.
Mathieu's former defensive coordinator, James Bettcher, is now the Giants defensive coordinator which could lure the Honey Badger to NY.