Michael Bennett wasted no time taking aim at the NFC East quarterbacks he’ll soon be chasing.
I know Eli Manning is probably watching this and thinking … yes, I’m coming. I know Dak [Prescott] is watching this like, ‘Yeah, he’s coming.’ Yeah, I am, Bennett said at his introductory news conference Monday as a member of the Eagles. And Alex Smith, he knows he can’t run from me. I told him in the Pro Bowl.
It’s definitely going to be a great season, and it’s going to be fun to be out here and be able to chase quarterbacks.
I think in Seattle, it’s a little bit more responsibility because we played a little bit different defense — still played with great defensive linemen; Cliff Avril, one of the best players to ever play the game, I had so many great players around me who were some of the best players to ever play — and so here, this defense is just another opportunity to line up on tight ends. And honestly, I don’t think there’s a tight end in the NFL that can block me, he said before launching into his bit about the quarterbacks in the division.
So it’s definitely going to be a great season, it’s going to be fun to be out here and be able to chase quarterbacks [not just on] third down, it’s going to be on second down and first down. It’s just going to be fun.
It’s unlikely, though, he will land with the Jets or Giants, despite having ties to both teams.
Jets coach Todd Bowles was the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator during Mathieu’s first two seasons in the NFL, and Mathieu is in a relationship with Bowles’ daughter, a former LSU cheerleader who has a child with Mathieu. The Jets, however, added cornerback Trumaine Johnson on a five-year, $72.5 million deal.
New Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher held the same position with the Cardinals the past three seasons. The Giants, however, likely can’t afford Mathieu.
Mathieu became a star in the Arizona secondary and a fiery leader of the defense after being selected in the third round of the 2013 draft following a troubled college career at LSU. He was an All-Pro in 2015, when he had five interceptions and 17 passes defensed.