Tyrann Mathieu continues to explore his options in free agency. He took a virtual visit with the Philadelphia Eagles, and reports are circulating that the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers have expressed interest in him. However, former Saint’s star Keenan Lewis is doing his best to persuade Mathieu to make his hometowns team his new family.
Lewis addressed the strong safety in a lengthy Instagram post. He focused less on the team’s talents and potential for Mathieu and more on the lives that Mathieu’s presence will influence in the Big Easy.
“The youth and also the people who need a little self-motivation will be very grateful . I passed up on millions when I was a free agent to come play for the home team , best decision I made in my life,” Lewis wrote in the post which featured an image of Mathieu.
The former Saint signed with the team on March 14th, 2013. Lewis agreed to a five-year, $26.3 million contract that included $10.5 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $6 million. His best season in New Orleans came in his debut when he led a fourth-ranked Saints defense with four interceptions and 13 pass break-ups in a season in which the team won its first away playoff game. Unfortunately, on November 26th, 2015, Lewis was placed on an injured reserve due to a leg injury.
This ultimately ended his season. Soon after, a hip injury further slowed his recovery. He was released from the Saint’s on August 19th, 2016. Lewis would file an injury grievance, claiming that his hip injury was mishandled by the team’s doctors. He negotiated a settlement with the Saints. Nevertheless, the fallout did not sway him from pleading with Mathieu to join the franchise.
“Bro you accomplish everything in the game of football, make your last playing stop be in your backyard,” Lewis added in his plea to the free agent.
Mathieu is carefully weighing his choices and looking for the correct salary. During a recent interview with Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star, the 29-year-old said he probably would’ve taken the same deal that was offered to Kansas City Chiefs safety Justin Reed, who picked up a three-year deal worth $31.5 million, an average of $10.5 million per year.
As this busy month for football treks on, fans should know very soon where Tyrann Mathieu will land. Only time will tell if he returns to his hometown.