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Arizona Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu becomes highest-paid safety in history

By The Sports Xchange
Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (C) reacts to stopping the Cincinnati Bengals from getting a first down in the first quarter of the game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, November 22, 2015. Photo by Art Foxall/UPI
Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (C) reacts to stopping the Cincinnati Bengals from getting a first down in the first quarter of the game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, November 22, 2015. Photo by Art Foxall/UPI | License Photo

The Arizona Cardinals made Tyrann Mathieu the highest-paid safety in NFL history by agreeing on a five-year extension worth $62.5 million, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.

The agreement contains $40 million in guaranteed money and runs through 2021. Mathieu was slated to become a free agent after this season.

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The 24-year-old Mathieu tweeted out one word in an apparent response to the rich deal:

"Blessed...."

Mathieu had his best season last year in this third NFL campaign. He intercepted five tackles and racked up 89 tackles (including 11 for losses) before suffering a season-ending ACL tear in his right knee after 14 regular-season games.

He is still working his way back from the injury and was recently placed on the physically unable to perform list. It hasn't yet been determined if Mathieu will be ready for the start of the 2016 season.

Mathieu was a third-round selection out of LSU in 2013, dropping out of the first round due to off-the-field incidents that left him labeled as a character risk.

He has fit in well with the Cardinals and has flourished despite suffering two ACL injuries -- the first to his left knee in 2013.

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