After being released by the Buccaneers after one season, Chris Baker got a jump on free agency.
He put it to good use.
James’ athleticism means he can line up outside the numbers or over the slot to cover wide receivers. Free and strong safety are options as well.
As newfound sensitivity to sexual misbehavior continues to take down a loose affiliation of millionaires and billionaires, each new example of the unprecedented accountability arising in a non-sports context serves as a reminder of what could happen for the NFL and one or more of its teams. When these situations emerge in a sports context, the warning becomes even more clear, either as to things that could happen in the future or as to things that already have.
The latest example comes from the latest expansion of the problems engulfing Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has seen the issues quickly grow from allegations against the basketball organization he owns to himself.
The Cardinals owe Mathieu $18.75 million in guaranteed money if he’s on the roster the third day of the league year.
General Manager Steve Keim was vague when addressing Mathieu’s future earlier this week.
It’s what we are doing right now with the coaching staff, looking not only at Tyrann but every player, and see how they fit, Keim said. How they fit what we are asking them to do schematically, and how they fit from a salary standpoint, all those things moving forward. And there are a lot of moving parts. What we are potentially doing in free agency, how it affects the cap, and I feel we have a pretty good grasp on that.
Mathieu, 25, led the league in total snaps with 1,053, playing 99.43 percent of the Cardinals’ defensive plays. He made 74 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups last season.
On Tuesday, Mathieu tweeted, It’s a gamble and I’m taking all bets＃. if I lose I vow to make it all back.