New Orleans Saints safety Tyrann Matieu and New Orleans Saints agree to a contract

METAIRIE, La. — Tyrann MathieuYou are coming home.

ESPN received confirmation from a source that the New Orleans SaintsWe have reached an agreement with All-Pro safety. This safety was born in New Orleans. starred at LSU. Details of the agreement are not yet available.

Mathieu will turn 30 on May 13. He visited Saints at their team facility after he had been fired by the Saints in April. Kansas City ChiefsHe was a free agent. He also met virtually the Philadelphia Eagles. New Orleans needed an impact safety more than ever, even though it didn't select one in the NFL draft this weekend.

The NFL will no longer consider free agents who sign after Monday's afternoon in its compensatory draft pick formula. This could increase the market for other notable names who are still unsigned.

Both of the Saints' starting safetyties were lost by the Saints this offseason Marcus WilliamsSigned with Baltimore Ravens Malcolm Jenkins retired. Both were replaced by former signers New York JetsSafety Marcus MayeYou can also get earlier access to free agency

Mathieu could be more interchangeable with Dennis Allen's defense than Williams and Jenkins who were strong and true free safeties. Outstanding safety C.J. Gardner-JohnsonNew Orleans is also home to a skilled slot receiver cover, named.

Mathieu, a former LSU receiver, was present at the Saints' visit Jarvis LandryLast month, neither player was signed. However, the possibility remained that talks could be reopened if the draft doesn't meet their needs.

The Saints made a significant move to address the receiver position by trading for Ohio State's. Chris OlaveIn Round 1. However, when Mickey Loomis was asked Saturday if there were any “musts” remaining on his roster, he replied, “Yeah. For sure, one. That's easy, guys. You most likely already know this.

Mathieu ranks fifth in the league after he has 13 interceptions during his three seasons as a Chiefs player. In 2021, Mathieu had three more — one of which was returned for touchdown — and the nine-year veteran was named to the Pro Bowl.

Mathieu signed, but the Chiefs moved on. Justin ReidFree agency for a 3-year, $31.5 Million contract.

Three-time All-Pro selection and three-time Pro Bowl selection, the three-time first team All-Pro has 26 interceptions, returning three touchdowns. He also has 76 passes defended, 10 sacks and 610 tackles in nine seasons with the Chiefs. Houston Texans Arizona CardinalsHe was selected by, in the third round.

This report was contributed by ESPN's Adam Teicher.

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