The Arizona Cardinals are releasing safety Tyrann Mathieu, the team announced Wednesday.

"I've never made a secret that Tyrann has always had a special place in my heart and always will," said Cardinals general manager Steve Keim in a Cardinals news release.

"The Honey Badger" spent much of his recent career with the Cardinals injured.

ESPN's Adam Schefter says Mathieu declined to take a pay cut.

Mathieu was drafted in 2013 by the Cardinals and has played his whole career in Arizona. He was a Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro player in 2015.

In that season, he racked up five of his career 11 interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.

Mathieu was one of the first of an emerging type of defensive back for the Cardinals -- he played slot corner and safety, making the defense more flexible in coverage.