Before the Texans signed Mathieu, Palmer reported, Houston coach Bill O'Brien called Arians for background on the free-agent safety.
"Arians told O'Brien that 'I would stand 10 times on a table for Tyrann Mathieu,'" Palmer said. "That meant a lot to Bill O'Brien. He met with Mathieu, saw what Arians was saying and that played a big part in bringing (Mathieu) to Houston."
Mathieu was slow to return to form following his second ACL tear, late in 2015. Although his playmaking ability was noticeably missing early last season, the "Honey Badger" flashed vintage form down the stretch.