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New Orleans Saints, security tyrant Mathieu accepts contract

METAIRIE, La. – Tyrant Mathieu is coming home.

A source confirmed to ESPN that the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a contract with All-Pro safety, which grew up in New Orleans and participated in LSU. Details of the deal were not immediately available.

Mathieu, who turns 30 on May 13, visited the Saints at their team facility in April after he was not resigned by the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent. He also met virtually with the Philadelphia Eagles. But New Orleans’ need for power security increased as it did not pick one during the NFL Draft this weekend.

In addition, free agents signing after Monday afternoon will no longer take into account the NFL’s compensatory draft election formula – which could help boost the market for other big names who remain unsigned.

The Saints both lost their starting safety this offseason when Marcus Williams signed with the Baltimore Ravens and Malcolm Jenkins retired. But they have now replaced both after signing former New York Jets safety Marcus Maye earlier in the free agency.

Unlike Williams and Jenkins, who were genuinely free and strong safety, respectively, Mathieu and Maye could be more interchangeable in the new head coach Dennis Allen’s defense. Excellent Security CJ Gardner-Johnson, who is adept at covering slot receivers, also stays in New Orleans.

The Saints visited both Mathieu and former LSU receiver Jarvis Landry last month, but did not sign any of the players – keeping the possibility alive that they could revisit the negotiations if they did not meet those needs in the draft.

The Saints addressed the receiver position in a big way by replacing Ohio State’s Chris Olave in round 1 of the draft. But when asked if there was any “must” left on their list, general manager Mickey Loomis said on Saturday: “Yes. One of them, for sure … You can guess. You probably already know.”

Mathieu is right in fifth place in the league with 13 interceptions over the past three seasons with the Chiefs, including three in 2021 – one of which was returned for a touchdown – when the nine-year veteran was selected for the Pro Bowl for the second in a row. season.

The Chiefs, however, went further from Mathieu when they signed Justin Reid to a three-year $ 31.5 million contract in free agency.

The three-time first-team All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection has 26 interceptions – returning three to touchdowns – 76 defensive passes, 610 tackles and 10 sacks in nine seasons for the Chiefs, Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals, who selected him in the third round of 2013 draft.

ESPN’s Adam Teicher contributed to this report.

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