Tyrann Mathieu lands with new NFL team as hometown fans rejoice
Tyrann Mathieu is one of the great recent NFL stories for LSU, and now Tiger fans will get to see the former star defensive back close to home.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that “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.”
After some off-the-field adversity at the end of his LSU career, and before the NFL, Mathieu was dismissed from LSU for a violation of team rules before his junior season, he entered a drug rehab facility before eventually being drafted by Arizona. He then signed with Houston, and later a three-year deal with the Chiefs.
Mathieu is entering his ninth season in the NFL and last season was the Chiefs’ nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
On the field, Mathieu emerged as a clear team leader for the Chiefs’ defense, and he’s a two-time Pro Bowl selection, including last year, and was the Chiefs’ Derrick Thomas MVP in 2019.
Mathieu, who turns 30 on May 13, is tied for fifth in the league with 13 interceptions over the past 3 seasons.
Before the Chiefs, Mathieu over 9 seasons previously played for the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals, who selected him in the third round of the 2013 draft.