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Tyrann Mathieu contract extension: Honey Badger, Arizona Cardinals 'deep in negotiations'

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A new contract could happen before the summer.

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We might be getting news of a contract extension for Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu. While it seemed for a while this might get pushed back a little, an Ian Rapoport report suggests something could be done in the near future.

Rapoport tweeted on Monday Mathieu and the team are "deep in negotiations" and that Mathieu would soon become "the highest paid safety" in the NFL.

Rapoport said the contract "could come before summer."

Mathieu is rehabbing a torn ACL in the offseason, something that many felt could hamper negotiations a bit. He has had major injuries on both knees.

How soon could the news come?

The Cardinals have OTAs the next three weeks and then a week of mini-camp. That means we should probably expect to hear about a new deal by June 9, when the Cardinals break until training camp at the end of July.

Mathieu had a career season in 2015 before tearing his ACL in Philadelphia. He was in the mix for Defensive Player of the Year. He had 89 tackles, a sack, five interceptions, one returned for a touchdown and 17 passes defended.