Saints: Tyrann Mathieu is the perfect replacement for Marcus Williams

Tyrann Mathieu (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Tyrann Mathieu (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

With Marcus Williams leaving the New Orleans Saints to sign a five-year deal with the Ravens, the black and gold need to redirect their attention to a different safety. Tyrann Mathieu has previously expressed interest in playing for the Saints and is still on the free-agent market.

Mathieu spent the past three years in Kansas City as a member of the Chiefs and they’ve officially signaled that they’re moving on after signing Justin Reid to a contract on Monday night. It didn’t feel as though Mathieu would return to Kansas City but that move indicated that the two are parting ways for good.

That’s good news for New Orleans, as now that Williams is officially off the board, they can turn their attention to Mathieu.

Right now, all eyes are on the Deshaun Watson situation. The Saints are one of the final few teams vying for his services and until we know what happens there, it’s possible that NOLA doesn’t make any moves. Is Mathieu willing to wait that long?

Saints need to do what they can to get Tyrann Mathieu to NOLA.

Mathieu played college football at LSU and then went on to play with the Cardinals for five years before spending one year with Houston and then signing with the Chiefs. He won a Super Bowl with the Chiefs and was a huge part of their defense but it wasn’t surprising to see them part ways with him considering his age and the amount of money he wanted.

Mathieu is entering his age-30 season and returning to Lousiana could be something he’d welcome at this stage in his career. He attended St. Augustine High School so his ties to New Orleans are deep. If he wants an opportunity to play in front of his family and friends for eight games in 2022, the Saints make sense for him.

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Williams leaving isn’t surprising and it doesn’t have to be a bad thing for the Saints. Tyrann Mathieu gives them a solid replacement and he’d likely love being back in his hometown.