Playing for his hometown team will be a dream come true for the 29-year-old defensive back.
Mathieu was born and raised in New Orleans and attended St. Augustine High School.
Going to Louisiana State University and playing college football was a no-brainer for him.
After all, why go elsewhere if you can suit up for one of the top teams at home?
Mathieu’s signing sent a rush of excitement among Saints fans.
Even his alma mater couldn’t contain the hype by posting this video on Twitter.
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) May 2, 2022
The clip showed some highlights taken during Mathieu’s LSU days.
He only played two seasons for the Tigers after head coach Les Miles dismissed him before the 2012 season due to a violation of team rules.
In those two years, “Honey Badger” had 96 solo tackles, six sacks, four interceptions, and 11 forced fumbles.
The Arizona Cardinals drafted him in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft and spent five seasons with the NFC West team.
He also played one year for the Houston Texans before joining the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019.
Mathieu was part of the squad that won Super Bowl LIV over the San Francisco 49ers.
A Stacked New Orleans Secondary
Signing the three-time First-Team All-Pro gives the Saints a stellar defensive backs rotation.
Mathieu will likely start with Marcus Maye at safety, with Daniel Sorensen and C.J. Gardner-Johnson as their backups.
Meanwhile, the Saints have Paulson Adebo and Marshon Lattimore at cornerback.
This depth chart could make New Orleans into one of the best pass defense teams in the NFL.
Add Demario Davis. Marcus Davenport, and Cameron Jordan up front to make the Saints defense scary in all layers.