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NFL notebook: Tyrann Mathieu turns in a 4.50

Ex-LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu

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Ex-LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu missed last season for violating team rules.

Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu posted an official time of 4.50 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Tuesday.

Mathieu, known as the “Honey Badger,” didn’t play for the Tigers last season after being suspended for violating team rules — reportedly repeated drug test failures. Mathieu was arrested for marijuana possession in October and later spent time in a drug rehabiliation facility in Houston.

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He had a reputation as being a slow player, but the 4.50 time has surely changed that. He is projected to be a slot corner in the NFL.

Relief in Pittsburgh?

The Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger may be the next big quarterback to restructure his contract to give his club some salary cap relief. According to a report on nfl.com, Roethlisberger, who is scheduled to have a salary-cap figure of $19.595 million in 2013, have worked on renegotiating — but not extending — the deal. Tom Brady restructured and extended his deal Monday to give the Patriots some salary cap space . . . Manti Te’o’s disappointing time in the 40 (4.82 seconds) may not affect the former Notre Dame star’s draft status. Four NFL general managers told the Chicago Tribune the time isn’t a big concern. “If a middle linebacker runs a 4.82 but he is instinctive and quick in the short area, the 40-yard dash time doesn’t matter,’’ said one AFC GM. “At that position what matters is they are productive and make plays.”

Switch for Demps?

Patriots running back/return specialist Jeff Demps has decided to return to a career in track, according to a report on nfl.com. The former Olympic sprinter has a race scheduled in March. He signed a three-year, $1.451 million deal with New England last year. He spent the season on injured reserve and his status with the Patriots is unclear . . . ESPN is reporting that the Raiders are talking to Mike Holmgren, who led the Packers and Seahawks to Super Bowl appearances, about a front-office position. Holmgren was most recently the Browns team president. He and Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie worked togehter in Green Bay . . . Former defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has finished the community service (160 hours) he was required to do as a result of a plea deal in a case in which he was accused of touching a waitress’ breast at a Washington, D.C., hotel.

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