Packers included as potential landing spot for DB Tyrann Mathieu

Arizona Cardinals making progress to rework Tyrann Mathieu's contract

It is unlikely Houston is the only team interested in the safety.

It was undoubtedly a tough decision for the Arizona Cardinals to release safety Tyrann Mathieu. Mathieu earned his first Pro Bowl selection and was named as a first team All-Pro defensive back in 2016.

"I hope, but I've been in the league long enough to know that it's a business, and it's not always about what I want", Mathieu said of his desire to stay in Arizona on Tuesday. He was released by the Cardinals after he refused to take a pay cut upon the team's request. In two years, Mathieu had 133 tackles, 16 pass deflections, 11 forced fumbles, nine pass deflections, six sacks, four interceptions, two defensive touchdowns and added two punt return touchdowns.

He was due to make over $14 million this season, so he'll certainly be looking for a big payday and will have plenty of suitors.

But, as it's been for many seasons now, the Cowboys seem content to sit on their hands during the free agency frenzy.

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles was Matthieu's defensive coordinator in Arizona prior to Bettcher and has a personal connection to him through his stepdaughter, who has a child with Mathieu.

NFL.com listed the Packers among the seven teams that make sense for the Honey Badger. The second year defensive back finished with almost half as many tackles as his rookie season, only one interception and no sacks or forced fumbles in the same amount of games. Plus, Todd Bowles is said to love Mathieu, not only as a player, but as a person.

Glennon, 28, spent four seasons with Tampa Bay, mostly as a backup, before signing a three-year, $45 million contract with Chicago a year ago.

JJ Watt and Mathieu also have a friendly history.

Mathieu isn't without red flags, and he'll have far more likely landing spots, but a new day has dawned, and the Packers can't be ruled out for anyone. When they made it to the NFC Championship Game in 2015 after going 13-3 in the regular season, it felt like their coming out party.

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