UPDATE: Adam Schefter is reporting Mathieu has agreed to a three-year, $33 million contract with the Saints and $18 million is fully guaranteed.
Mattieu was praised for his contributions as a team leader in Kansas City, helping the Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV. Th 30-year-old safety has also been a key contributor on the field. Last season, he had 76 total tackles, the most he’s had since joining the Chiefs. He also managed to record two tackles for a loss, one sack and three interceptions. Matthieu has 13 picks in his three seasons with the Chiefs.
What it means for Saints
The Saints have filled a major void on their defense after losing Marcus Williams in free agency, who signed a massive five-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. Mathieu will be a solid addition on the backend, paired alongside fellow strong safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson.
With the signing of Mathieu, the Saints are loaded at free safety as they also have Marcus Maye and Daniel Sorensen, who signed in free agency. Maye signed a three-year, $28.5 million deal, while Sorensen signed a one-year deal.