Packers included as potential landing spot for DB Tyrann Mathieu

Raiders Free Agent Watch Cardinals release FS  SS Tyrann Mathieu

Raiders Free Agent Watch Cardinals release FS SS Tyrann Mathieu

Players like Mathieu rarely hit the free agent market and with cornerbacks already being grabbed on day one of free agency, it makes his demand even higher.

The "Honey Badger" is leaving the desert. The former LSU great is coming off his first National Football League season of playing the full 16 game slate - he started for Arizona in each of the games.

But he also has been plagued by injuries and only last season did Mathieu appear in all 16 games. But he got into trouble with marijuana and eventually was kicked out of school.

After being asked to take a pay cut in 2018, Mathieu and the Cardinals failed to reach an agreement resulting in the release.

However the Cardinals have continued to possess huge positional talent, a fact that's been disguised by their 7-9 and 8-8 records over the last two seasons. He has stayed out of trouble since being drafted by the Cardinals but has missed time due to several injuries, including a torn ACL and LCL in 2013 and a torn ACL late in the 2015 season.

He finally was able to play an entire season a year ago - in fact, he played every defensive snap - but there was a perception that he had lost a step from his "Honey Badger" prime. There are few safeties as versatile as Mathieu as they are a rare bread, so the Bengals would need to make a move fast and be willing to spend some money.

Mathieu finished the 2017 season with 65 tackles, six tackles for loss, a sack, two interceptions, five passes defensed and one forced fumble. In his best season so far, back in 2015, the "Honey Badger" posted 89 combined tackles, 17 pass defends, five interceptions, a sack and a defensive touchdown.

Now, that doesn't mean Dallas' front office is opposed to signing veterans from other teams.

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