The best safety on the free-agent market has finally found a new home.
Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Tyrann Mathieu is set to sign with the New Orleans Saints. The deal is going to be finalized in the coming days.
The #Saints are making a key post-draft addition, as they’re expected to sign All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu, sources say. A long-awaited signing that should be finalized in the coming days, the Honey Badger lands in a perfect spot.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 2, 2022
The NFL world is happy that Mathieu has finally found a new home heading into next season.
— Jon (@JonsEcon) May 2, 2022
Awesome. Super happy for Tyrann! https://t.co/H2HdxbhmU9
— Tayler Peterson (@Tayler_P15) May 2, 2022
— Morgan Beard (@morganbeard) May 2, 2022
— ☠️William☠️ (@heyy_william) May 2, 2022
The “in the coming days” part is key, due to what I described yesterday of unrestricted free agent signings no longer counting as compensatory free agents after the deadline of 4 PM ET today.
I’ll keep an eye out on the transaction wire to see if Tyrann Mathieu is on it. https://t.co/VKnJjXKZLG
— Nick Korte (@nickkorte) May 2, 2022
send all the kids home from school, it’s a holiday in New Orleans effective immediately https://t.co/iZURMjPGNy
— David Helman (@HelmanDC) May 2, 2022
— Jason Ringer (@jjringer) May 2, 2022
— Steelers Wire (@TheSteelersWire) May 2, 2022
Mathieu spent the last three seasons with the Chiefs before they decided to not make him an offer. Before that, he played with the Houston Texans for one season and the Arizona Cardinals for five seasons.
He finished the 2021 season with 76 total tackles (60 solo), one sack, three fumble recoveries, three interceptions, and six passes defended. He’ll now be joining a team that’s looking to win in 2022, especially with Jameis Winston back healthy.
It remains to be seen how many years he signs for, plus how much guaranteed money he gets.
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