Tyrann Mathieu has finally found a new home and he insists playing in New Orleans is a dream come true. Mathieu hit the free agency after the 2021 season ended, and even though he showed willingness to return to the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas didn't really show much interest in inking a new deal with the safety.
A month and a half into the free agency, Mathieu announced he was signing with the New Orleans Saints. "This was the place I've always wanted to be. And I think most people around me, they wanted that, too," Mathieu said, per ESPN.
The Saints showed interest in signing Mathieu and he claims that was something he was hoping for. "From there it was just about everything coming together, aligning," Mathieu said. "But I've kind of been manifesting this for a while now.
Just to have this opportunity means a lot to me."
Mathieu: The interest was mutual between me and the Saints
Mathieu was born in New Orleans and he played college football at LSU. Now, Mathieu returns home as he is hoping to win a Super Bowl with the Saints.
"To be honest, I've lived a long life in this NFL thing," Mathieu said with a laugh Wednesday. "When I realized the Saints wanted me, and obviously I wanted them, it was a situation that I knew I wasn't going to pass up.
"New Orleans has always been a great place, this has always been a great community. I think 10, 11 years ago, when I was a 20-year-old kid, I think it was just important for me to kind of remove myself from certain things, certain environments, so I could work on myself and get myself to a certain point to where I can come back home and be responsible and be the person I know I can be.
It's been a great process. "I've got great people that support me, that I lean on. So I think without those people and without my commitment to just try to do things the right way, I think this opportunity wouldn't even be in front of me.
So like I said, I'm just grateful to be here, to have this opportunity, and to be able to get in the community and really inspire these kids to be better, to give them some hope. I think that's what it's ultimately all about."