NFL Rumors: Saints Make Huge Post-Draft Addition

It looks like the Honey Badger is headed back home! Tyrann Mathieu and the Saints have reportedly agreed to terms on a deal that will be finalized in the next few days.

Mathieu, 29, will be entering his 10th season in the league this fall after spending the last 3 years with the Kansas City Chiefs. It appears that New Orleans will pair Mathieu with Marcus Maye who also joined the Saints this offseason during the initial rush of free agency on a 3 year deal. 

During his time in Kansas City, Mathieu earned himself All Pro honors in both 2019 and 2020 as well as his 3rd Pro Bowl selection in 2021 after logging 76 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, and a sack. Mathieu anchored the Chiefs secondary through both of their 2 Superbowl runs and helped the unit transform from one the leagues worst in 2018 to a top 10 scoring defense for the last 3 seasons.

Mathieu, who grew up in New Orleans and played his college football at LSU will be providing his hometown team with veteran leadership, playmaking ability and significant versatility in coverage schemes. Since he was drafted in 2013 Mathieu has proven himself as one of the league's best utility players on the defensive side of the ball and he has become synonymous with the word "intensity" when describing his playing style.

This offseason, Mathieu was ranked as one of the top available free agents but after taking his time it seems that he found a perfect suitor. The Saints were almost always the favorite to land Mathieu and after they bypassed the safety position entirely last weekend during the draft it seemed even more likely. Clearly, it didn't take long to become a reality. 

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