Mathieu denounces 'BS rookie deal' with Cards

Posted at 11:35 AM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 14:35:38-04

Since learning about the fatal shooting of former NFL defensive end Will Smith in New Orleans on Saturday night, Arizona Cardinals safety and New Orleans native Tyrann Mathieu has taken to social media and other outlets to discuss the need to clean up his hometown.

You can check out some of his tweets here.

Mathieu also went on several national shows Monday to discuss the situation, including an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show during which he said he received death threats from the relatives of Smith's alleged shooter after calling him a "coward" on Twitter.

On Tuesday, the Cardinals' 2013 third-round draft pick continued to rail against New Orleans violence -- and in one particular tweet that has since been deleted, he referenced his contract situation with the Cards.

"No, I haven't moved my people out of the hood, cause I'm still on a BS rookie deal, but when I get my deal or even if I ever get a deal i will" the tweet read, according to USA TODAY.

The Cardinals have spoken publicly about the desire to sign Mathieu to a contract extension. His current contract, a four-year deal worth just over $3 million, is set to expire after next season. Mathieu will make about $1.5 million in 2016.

The Honey Badger had an outstanding 2015 campaign before his season came to a premature end with an ACL injury in Week 15. Mathieu was a Pro Bowler and an All-Pro selection last season.