After failing to land a safety during the draft, the New Orleans Saints are expected to revisit their talks with free-agent security tyrant Mathieu and make an aggressive push to try to add him to their list, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Mathieu, who was born and raised in New Orleans, visited the Saints in April. He also had a virtual visit to the Philadelphia Eagles out of season, but has so far been unsigned.
Mathieu, who turns 30 on May 13, is just in fifth place in the league with 13 interceptions over the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, including three in 2021 – with one left for a touchdown – as the nine-year veteran became selected for the Pro Bowl for the second season in a row.
The Chiefs, however, went further from Mathieu when they signed Justin Reid to a three-year $ 31.5 million contract in free agency.
The two-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.