The NOLA Saints look to finally be getting the ball rolling on signing Tyrann Mathieu, as the star safety is in for a visit with the team while he’s in town visiting family and friends, per Ian Rapoport.
While Rapoport makes it a point to say this is “Nothing imminent”, the Saints cannot let Mathieu leave the facility without a contract. They desperately need to add the Honey Badger, especially after Malcolm Jenkins retired, leaving them without their two starting safeties from a season ago.
Mathieu hasn’t visited with any teams yet and was thought to be one of the top safeties available this offseason.
NOLA Saints have to sign Tyrann Mathieu to a deal
The safety timeline has been a hectic one for New Orleans this offseason. It all started when Marcus Williams opted not to return to the team that drafted him and instead signed with the Baltimore Ravens.
To make up for that, the Saints signed Marcus Maye to a three-year deal in what could end up being a really smart move for them. Maye was a terrific safety before his injury last season so they were smart to take a chance on the former Jet.
A little over a week ago, NOLA made a head-scratching decision and signed Daniel Sorensen who is notorious for blowing coverage. Search his name on Twitter and you’ll immediately be able to find how bad he is.
Some fans defended the move saying it was a depth signing and to help on special teams but then, Malcolm Jenkins announced his retirement. That’s when it set in that Mathieu was now not going to be a luxury, but a priority for this team. They have to get him and now he’s in the building.
Saints fans are all too familiar with Mathieu, as he played college ball at LSU and then went on to spend five years in Arizona. He played for the Texans for one year and then signed with the Chiefs and played a huge role in Kansas City winning the Super Bowl in the 2019 season.
While things soured between Mathieu and the Chiefs and that’s likely why he wasn’t re-signed, he’s still a solid player and someone that could help keep the Saints’ defense as one of the best in the league. Pairing him and Maye together wouldn’t be as strong as the Williams-Jenkins combo but it’d still be damn good.
Mathieu might end up wanting too much money and if that’s what it is, then New Orleans might not be able to land him. If he’s wanting to stay in his home state and play in front of his family and friends for eight games, however, then there isn’t a better landing spot for him than the NOLA Saints.
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Fingers crossed that the Honey Badger is staying in Louisiana.