Tyrann Mathieu opens on how he feels about Saints, city of New Orleans

Mathieu inked a three-year deal with the Saints.

by Dzevad Mesic
Tyrann Mathieu opens on how he feels about Saints, city of New Orleans

Three-time First-Team All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu says playing for the New Orleans Saints is a dream come true for him. This week, it was announced Mathie was signing a deal with the Saints. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Mathieu signed a three-year, $33 million deal, with $18 million in guaranteed money.

"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. Mathieu said the Saints were the only team he visited during his free agency. "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 says goodbye to the Kansas City Chiefs

After spending the last few seasons with the Chiefs, Mathieu is set for a new chapter in his career.

Mathieu showed willigness to stay with the Chiefs but they never offered him a deal in free agency. Once it became clear the Chiefs wanted to move on from Mathieu, the safety admitted he was a bit hurt. However, he is now extremely happy to be with the Saints.

"To be honest, I've lived a long life in this NFL thing," Mathieu said with a laugh. "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."