The Honey Badger Returns Home To The Big Easy

Posted by | May 11, 2022 .

The New Orleans Saints have signed unrestricted free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu (pronounced TY-run MATH-you) AKA The Honey Badger to a three-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Mathieu, 5 feet 9, 190 pounds, was originally selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round (69th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Louisiana State University and has played for the Cardinals (2013-17), Houston Texans (2018) and Kansas City Chiefs (2019-21). In nine NFL seasons, he has played in 129 regular season games with 120 starts and has posted career totals of 605 tackles (519 solo), 41 stops for loss, 10 sacks for a loss of 78 yards, 26 interceptions for 335 returns yards, three brought back for touchdowns, 76 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and 10 special teams stops. His 13 picks since 2019 are tied for fifth in the NFL. Mathieu has been selected to three Pro Bowls, three Associated Press All-Pro teams and the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2010’s All-Decade Team.
Mathieu has appeared in 11 postseason contests with 10 starts and has produced career playoff totals of 49 tackles (40 solo), one interception and four passes defensed, including being part of Kansas City’s Super Bowl LIV championship team.

A New Orleans native, who prepped at St. Augustine High School, Mathieu played two seasons (2010-11) at LSU, where he posted 133 tackles, six sacks, four interceptions, 16 passes defensed, 11 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries. His 11 forced fumbles are a program record. As a sophomore in 2011, Mathieu posted 77 stops, 1.5 sacks, two picks, nine passes defensed, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries, earning National Defensive Player of the Year honors, unanimous first-team All-American accolades and was the recipient of the Bednarik Award. He became the first defensive back to be invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony since 1997 and finished fifth in the final voting.