USA Today – Tyrann Mathieu signed a deal with the Arizona Cardinals that will provide him a bigger overall payout than his slot as the 69th overall pick in the draft dictated while also protecting the team in case of any drug-related relapses. Mathieu’s agent, Patrick Lawlor, told USA TODAY Sports his client signed a four-year contract worth over $3 million, which is more than $100,000 higher than last year’s No. 69 pick (Buffalo Bills wide receiver T.J. Graham) received.
Lawlor said there’s no additional language in the contract about money forfeiture due to a positive drug test. Mathieu will be subject to the same contract rules as “anybody else in the league” as determined by the collective bargaining agreement, though Lawlor has said Mathieu verbally agreed to regular drug tests. The Cardinals, meanwhile, split up the $662,500 guaranteed bonus Mathieu was slated to receive into a $265,000 signing bonus up front and roster bonuses totaling $397,500 throughout the final three years of the contract.
Listen we’ve all had our fun making fun of Honey Badger, what with his “marijuana addiction” and his “first round draft pick party.” And yeah he was a bad teammate and messed up and smoked in college and it cost him and his team. But can you say overkill? 10 drug tests a month? Seriously is this the first fucking guy in the NFL to smoke weed before? Are we still talking about a 21 year old smoking some blunts? Isn’t it practically fucking legal now? Get this guy some weed bacon and shut the fuck up about it.
Only reason it’s even an issue is because he got caught so ESPN started digging into his past and dragged him through so much mud he had to go to marijuana rehab and fake a tearful apology on TV to try and get his image back for the draft. Dude is still a freak on the football field.