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Thu, 23 May 2013 16:27:47 CDT

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     TEMPE, Arizona (AP) _ Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu
has signed a four-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

     The team's third-round draft pick, Mathieu did not play last
season after repeated off-field issues.

     Nicknamed ``Honey Badger,'' Mathieu was a Heisman Trophy
finalist in 2011. He was kicked off LSU's team before the start of
last season for failed drug tests. His image and NFL future took
another hit a few weeks later when he and three former teammates
were arrested on marijuana charges after police officers found 10
bags of pot and drug paraphernalia in his Baton Rouge apartment.

     In two seasons at LSU, Mathieu recovered eight fumbles,
returning two for touchdowns, forced 11 fumbles, made four
interceptions and 133 tackles, and had six sacks. He returned two
punts for score.



     (Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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