As we inch closer to the start of Saints free agency, everyone is speculating about which NFL teams could sign which free agents. Tyrann Mathieu is someone New Orleans Saints fans are starting to pay attention to, as the former LSU standout has seemed interested in coming back to Louisiana.
Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report put together an article of every NFL team’s realistic dream signing in free agency and for New Orleans, it was Mathieu.
Sobieski offered this analysis:
"The Saints are currently $42.5 million over the salary cap, but they always find a way to make things work out in their favor. Their current predicament might cost them safety Marcus Williams, who’s set to enter free agency for the first time.Don’t count out the possibility of the Saints bringing Mathieu home, though.Mathieu already won a Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs. If the Saints can carve out the requisite cap space to sign him, the chance to play in front of his family and friends on a weekly basis might be enough to lure him away from Kansas City."
This all checks out. NOLA is making moves to clear up cap space and landing Mathieu isn’t out of the question, especially if they end up losing Marcus Williams in free agency, which is a strong possibility.
Saints Free Agency: Tyrann Mathieu makes sense in NOLA
Mathieu played at LSU and as Sobleski mentioned, playing in front of his loved ones could be enticing for him. It doesn’t look promising that he’ll return to Kansas City after some of the social media posts he’s made in recent weeks and this past season saw some drama arise between the two sides when he called out the Chiefs fan base.
Mathieu won a Super Bowl with the Chiefs so he might not be ring-chasing at this point, which could also make the Saints a good spot for him. They have one of the best defenses in the league and while they’d lose Williams, replacing him with Mathieu would still give them one of the NFL’s top defenses.
The only real reason New Orleans might not be a realistic spot for Mathieu is money. The Honey Badger is projected to earn a three-year deal worth $44 million with an annual salary of $14.8 million. That’s probably a little steep for NOLA, especially when you take into account that he’s entering his age-30 season.
Would you want to see Tyrann Mathieu in a Saints uniform for the next few years?