Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu the No. 1 safety in ‘Madden 17’

Aug 1, 2016, 12:41 PM | Updated: 1:17 pm

Safety Tyrann Mathieu smiles while walking onto the field prior to a training camp practice. (Photo...

Safety Tyrann Mathieu smiles while walking onto the field prior to a training camp practice. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

(Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

At least in terms of how it will impact his next contract, Tyrann Mathieu says he wants to be seen not as a safety or cornerback, but instead as a top defensive player.

That’s all fine for the negotiating table, but in the video game world there is no such designation available. So, in the “Madden NFL” series, Mathieu is listed as a free safety.

And heading into the 2016 season, which will see “Madden 17” released, the Honey Badger is ranked as the No. 1 free safety — and safety, overall — in the game, with a rating of 96 (out of 100).

EA Sports, which produces the game, explained why Mathieu is ranked at the top.

Mathieu is one of the games fastest safeties. His 96 man coverage makes him far and away the best cover safety in the game. Look to match him up 1on1 against your opponents tight end.

Last season, Mathieu tallied 89 tackles along with five interceptions, 15 passes defensed and one QB sack. He posted 11 tackles for loss and was in the conversation to be the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year when he went down with a torn ACL in Week 15.

Over the weekend, it was revealed that Patrick Peterson was rated by “Madden 17” as the fourth-best cornerback in the league.

Tight end Darren Fells makes a catch while linebacker Markus Golden defends during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) QB Carson Palmer drops back to pass during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Larry Fitzgerald smiles during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Tight end Darren Fells turns the corner to block as linebacker Chandler Jones reads the play during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Cornerback Brandon Williams tries to stay with Michael Floyd during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Cornerback Asa Jackson celebrates after making an interception during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver John Brown begins to separate from cornerback Patrick Peterson during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Cornerback Patrick Peterson covers receiver John Brown during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Larry Fitzgerald makes a touchdown catch while Tyvon Branch is in coverage during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) John Brown tries to come down with the ball in the end zone as Patrick Peterson defends during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) QB Carson Palmer surveys the field while Patrick Peterson watches during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Members of the Cardinals' defense line up during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) QB Carson Palmer gets a pass away as Chandler Jones pressures during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Linebacker Chandler Jones attempts to get around Jared Veldheer during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Guard Mike Iupati attempts to stop linebacker Chandler Jones during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) John Brown makes a catch in front of Brandon Williams during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Everyone watches as offensive line drills take place during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Jaron Brown makes a catch during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Michael Floyd makes a catch in front of safety Tyrequeck Zimmerman during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Rookie center Evan Boehm leads the offensive line prior to a snap during training camp on July 31. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) John Brown is helped up by teammates after trying to make a catch. Brown left the field with a trainer after the play. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

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