Former Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu has been spending a lot of time in Louisiana lately, helping out with LSU Tigers training as an observer and speaking to the team as a guest speaker . While back in college, the top free agent safety sat down with WAFB’s Jacques Doucet for an interview to talk about his own career, his free agency expectations and the state of his alma mater’s football team.
During that conversation, Mathieu mentioned how he would feel about coming home and playing for the New Orleans Saints:
“They have a great program with Mama Benson, Dennis Allen and all those people there. It would be great to represent my state, my city and the team I saw growing up. Even a couple of my guys that I like to hang out with, they play for the Saints now, so you know that wouldn’t be a bad situation.
The retirement of Malcolm Jenkins certainly opens a clear place for Mathieu in the secondary of the Saints. Many Saints fans and even players have campaigned for this to happen. Doucet also mentioned that CJ Gardner-Johnson tweeted Mathieu to come to New Orleans, which Mathieu was receptive to.
“He’s one of my guys. I could imagine it was secondary with me and him in it. You know, probably first of all, it would be the shortest secondary in the league. But it will probably also be the most fiery. So, I mean, it would definitely give New Orleans fans a treat every Sunday.
There is therefore a fit for Mathieu and a certain interest on his part. But do the Saints consider it? And would they be willing to pay what he asks? New Orleans currently has an available salary cap of $21.2 million, but they may not want to pay two top free agent safeties in the same offseason after signing Marcus Maye earlier this spring. . We’ll see if anything develops here.