With the 2022 NFL Draft officially on the books, the Saints should make an “aggressive push” to sign free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Saints are reportedly reviewing their talks with the three-time All-Pro after failing to address the position in the draft and losing starters Marcus Williams (Ravens) and Malcolm Jenkins (retiring) earlier this offseason. Mathieu, a New Orleans native and former LSU star, previously visited his hometown organization in April.
Mathieu, who has spent the past three seasons with the Chiefs, is one of the biggest names remaining in the free agent market after delivering another stellar campaign in 2021. The 29-year-old has recorded 76 tackles, three interceptions , one of which he returned for a touchdown and six passes defended in 16 starts. He also earned his third Pro Bowl nod in seven seasons.
At the time of his visit to the Saints on April 7, Matthew seemed excited to return home. He praised first-year coach Dennis Allen and owner Gayle Benson in his interviews with reporters, and even admitted he had considered joining the highly respected New York defense. -Orleans.
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“Whenever I see the Saints play defense, I always tap myself on the shoulder and say, ‘Hey, I could probably roll with those guys,'” he said, per the lawyer. “I don’t think they really need me, but it would be nice to go home and help them win.”
The Saints aren’t the only team linked to Mathieu since the start of free agency. The safety star went on a virtual tour with the Eagles shortly after his visit to New Orleans, which came a week after he revealed he had been in contact with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin .
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