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Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu reworks his contract to add a year through 2025

FILE - New Orleans Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) looks to the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, in Indianapolis. New Orleans Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu has agreed to a new two-year, contract that runs through the 2025 season. (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger, File)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu agreed to a new two-year contract on Thursday that runs through the 2025 season.

The 31-year-old Mathieu, a 11-year veteran out of LSU and a New Orleans native, previously was under contract through 2024. His reworked deal, reportedly worth about $13 million, gives him one additional year in a trade-off that lowers his annual salary, thereby providing the Saints with a measure of salary cap relief.

“I like the situation I’m in. I’ve come along in the system. For me, that’s exciting," Mathieu said. "Where I’m at in my life today, I love being in New Orlans, love being around family, loving being in the community.

"Just having that extra year to do all the things I really want to do while I’m at home, that meant a lot to me,” Mathieu added.

Mathieu has started 34 games for the Saints during the past two seasons and has seven interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Mathieu, a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist at LSU as a sophomore, was a third-round draft choice by Arizona in 2013 after sitting out the 2012 season because of repeated violations of team rules.

Mathieu also played for Houston and Kansas City, winning a Super Bowl with the Chiefs in the 2019 season.

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