New Orleans Saints Gives a Big Surprise to Safety Tyrann Mathieu on His 30th Birthday

Published 05/14/2022, 4:35 PM EDT
NFL Football – Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. – February 7, 2021 Kansas City Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu reacts REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

As New Orleans Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu celebrated his 30th birthday, the franchise gave him a surprise by signing Pro Bowler receiver Jarvis Landry for a one-year deal. Both Mathieu and Landry were teammates during their days at Louisiana State University.

Landry confirmed his signing with the Saints on his social media on May 13, 2022, leaving Cleveland Browns because of their salary cap.


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What do Tyrann Mathieu and Jarvis Landry add to the New Orleans Saints?

The new signings enhance both the offensive and defensive capabilities of the Saints, as both Mathieu and Landry are Pro Bowlers and are among the best in their positions.

Nov 14, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Bryan Edwards (89) scores a touchdown ahead of Kansas City Chiefs free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports/ REUTERS

Mathieu finished 2021 with 76 tackles, one sack and three interceptions, returning one interception for a touchdown. Over his three seasons with the Chiefs, he had 13 interceptions. He is also a three-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro selection.


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Landry is also a Pro Bowler and had stellar performances at Cleveland Browns, helping them end their 18-year playoff drought. He was also a part of the Miami Dolphins team, which won a playoff berth in 2016.

From college teammates to NFL teammates, Mathieu and Landry


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Mathieu joined the Saints in early May 2022 and his new team marked his birthday by releasing a video of him on their official Twitter handle. Mathieu joined his new team after leaving Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent.

Coming back to New Orleans is also similar to a homecoming for Mathieu, as he grew up in the city and attended LSU, with now teammate Landry.

Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) scores a touchdown ahead of Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward (35) during the second half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Landry signed up with the Saints, having visited them prior to the 2022 draft. He had a poor 2021 season because of a knee injury leading to career-low figures in receptions, yards and touchdown receptions.


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Prithwiraj Gupta

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Prithwiraj Gupta is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in History from Pune University. The contact aspect of the NFL made him interested in the sport.