Former Arizona Cardinals draft pick is ecstatic to be back home

(Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) Tyrann Mathieu
(Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) Tyrann Mathieu /

Former Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu recently signed a deal with the New Orleans Saints, something he’s always wanted to do.

Last week, former Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu signed a contract to play for the New Orleans Saints next season.

Mathieu has been looking for a team to play for after he was unable to work out a deal to return to the Kansas City Chiefs. But now, he gets to suit up for the hometown team that he watched while growing up in New Orleans.

Mathieu and the Saints were able to agree to a three-year contract worth $33 million. For the veteran safety, taking the field in a black and gold New Orleans jersey is something that he’s wanted to do for a long time.

Former Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu hoping to make the most of his new opportunity with the New Orleans Saints

After signing with the Saints last week, Mathieu took some time to answer a few questions from some members of the media.

He reflected on how much signing with his hometown team truly means to him.

"“It’s most definitely a dream. Having the opportunity to represent this team, to be a part of this locker room. I’ve always been a fan of the way the Saints play football. Just to have that opportunity, means a lot to me. More than anything I just want to take advantage of it and make the most of it.”"

Mathieu is joining a defense in New Orleans that features a number of talented playmakers, including defensive end Cameron Jordan, cornerback Marshon Lattimore, linebacker Demario Davis, and safety Marcus Maye.

The Saints finished fourth in the NFL in points allowed last season, and they will be hoping that the recent addition of the former Arizona safety will help the unit perform at a high level once again during the 2022 campaign.

In his third and final year with the Chiefs last season, Mathieu finished with 76 tackles (two for a loss), six pass breakups, and three interceptions in 16 games.

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