April 29, 02013
Tyrann Mathieu was a calculated risk for the Arizona Cardinals in the third round.
But his agent disputes a report that Mathieu will sign a contract with the club that includes no guaranteed money. Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported the defensive back will have a contract with no guaranteed money.
But Mathieu, who the Cardinals have said will be used at safety, apparently will have a deal with guarantees. His agent Pat Lawlor told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com that was “ridiculous” and is “not gonna happen.” Lawlor said he expects the team to seek protection in the deal but that there will be guarantees for Mathieu.
King also reported the Cardinals plan to randomly drug test Mathieu as often as once per week. He was booted off the team at LSU after reportedly failing more than 10 drug tests. Lawlor said the player has agreed to that because the Cardinals wanted it and it will help ensure the player remains clean.
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