"You just want that person to feel like he's wanted again," Mathieu said Tuesday, per Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle. "I messaged him last night trying to get him here."
The Texans have yet to be officially linked to Bryant, but the pairing makes as much sense as the other whispered-about landing spots. Hopkins is the unquestioned, do-everything leader of the pack ahead of Will Fuller, Braxton Miller and Bruce Ellington. The competition wouldn't hurt any of those younger supporting players.
Bryant's youthful speed is a memory, but he would give second-year quarterback Deshaun Watson a super-juicy red-zone target and one of the game's more physically imposing specimens -- one who sounds motivated to shine, too, based on Bryant's interview last week with NFL Network's Jane Slater.
The veteran pass-catcher openly shared his desire to play in the NFC East -- facing Dallas twice a year -- but none of those teams have come forward to chase him.