Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says he loved having Tyrann Mathieu on his team. After the 2021 season ended, Mathieu because a free agent. Thie Chiefs didn't show much interest in re-signing the safety and he ended up signing with the New Orleans Saints.
After three seasons together, the Chiefs decided to part ways with Mathieu. "I'm happy he has a chance to go home and play like he is here with the Saints," Reid said, per CBS Sports. "They got a good football player and a great person.
I know he'll be missed in the community with the things he did there. Sure loved having him here. Great kid. "Somebody else will have to step into that and pick their game up. We're lucky to have him here where guys could see how he rolls and how he leads."
Mathieu was willing to stay with the Chiefs
Mathieu showed willingness to work out a new deal with the Chiefs but the team didn't return the same energy. Once it became clear tje Chiefs didn't want him back, Mathieu signed with the Saints.
Mathieu, who is originally from the state of Louisana, insists playing in New Orleans is a dream come true for him. "To be honest, I've lived a long life in this NFL thing," Mathieu said. "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."