Seven potential landing spots for Tyrann Mathieu

Whereas Jordy Nelson’s release can be attributed to a decline in ability, the Cardinals set Tyrann Mathieu free primarily because of scheme fit and salary-cap permutations.

New Arizona coach Steve Wilks is a product of the Carolina system, which doesn’t place a high monetary value on defensive backs. While Mathieu struggled to make plays early last season, he showed signs of returning to 2015 All-Pro form down the stretch.

One of the NFL’s most versatile and valuable defensive stars when healthy, Mathieu enters Around The NFL‘s Top 101 Free Agents of 2018 at No. 4 overall.

Within minutes of his release, two NFL coaches had already reached out to NFL Network’s Steve Wyche, expressing hope that their teams would pursue the safety-cornerback hybrid.

Examining potential landing spots:

1. New York Giants: Who was running Bruce Arians’ defense when Mathieu was in the 2015 Defensive Player of the Year discussion? That would be new Giants coordinator James Bettcher, who knows how to maximize Mathieu’s unique skill set.

Before dumping Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie early this week, the Giants reportedly mulled the idea of converting him to safety alongside Pro Bowler Landon Collins.

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