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Tyrann Mathieu: ‘Good to feel wanted’ by Saints’ Michael Thomas, Jamal Adams
Tyrann Mathieu knows how it feels to be wanted.
In the hours after the Arizona Cardinals released the New Orleans-born safety March 14, Mathieu became the target of multiple recruiting pitches from players on other teams through social media.
Included among them was a pitch from New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas, who wrote on Twitter for Mathieu to “Come to the BLOCK.”
“All we trying to do is win every game,” Thomas wrote.
Mathieu ultimately signed with the Houston Texans for one season with a contract that could pay as much as $7 million. He agreed to the contract roughly 48 hours after the Cardinals gave him his release.
But in that time, new teammate Wholesale J.J. Watt Jersey tagged Mathieu on a tweet that said for him to “come on over bro,” and from New York Jets safety Jamal Adams, who said he wanted Mathieu to “join me and the rest of #NewJackCity.”
“It was cool,” Mathieu said Saturday (April 24) at a charity kickball game he hosted at the Shrine on Airline in Metairie. “I remember in high school when I wasn’t recruited and nobody wanted me. It’s always good to feel wanted.”
With Mathieu known as a versatile defender capable playing multiple positions in the backfield, Adams said his social-media pitch was sincere.
“I definitely wanted to play with him, man, but he made the right decision for himself,” said Adams, who the Jets selected with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. “I’m definitely happy for him. I know he’s going to do wonderful things, as always. I’m excited to see him in the blue and red.”
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Before Mathieu joined the Texans, he offered a tease of a possible pairing with Adams when he retweeted an NFL Network video clip of retired receiver Reggie Wayne suggesting the Jets as a possible destination.
Attached to the tweet was a message from Mathieu that asked, “Dreams still come true?”
That dream, for now, will have to wait at least another year.
A productive 2018 season could make Mathieu an unrestricted free agent in high demand next offseason, which could lead to another round of social media intrigue.
As for that overture from Thomas, Mathieu said he had no official contact from the Saints.
Mathieu said he had a “great relationship” with Saints coach Sean Payton and noted how the Saints made their indoor facility available for Mathieu to host his annual football camp for children.
“It just wasn’t the right situation for it,” Mathieu said about joining the Saints. “I think I’m close enough to home (with the Texans).”
The Saints this offseason signed free-agent safety Kurt Coleman from the Carolina Panthers. Kenny Vaccaro, who played his first five NFL seasons with the Saints, is still an unsigned free agent.
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Jordan Brand Adds Michael Thomas To Its Football Roster
Nike said Jordan Brand signed Michael Thomas, wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints, as a brand ambassador
Since going pro in 2016, Thomas set the record for most receptions in his first two seasons (196). He also set his team’s single-season receptions record (104) and was selected to play in the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl. Thomas was a member of the 2014 National College Football Championship team.
“Blessed, honored and privileged were just a few of the emotions that came over me when I received that call from the Jordan Brand inviting me to join their elite family,” says Thomas.
The fact that he shares the same first name as the brand’s icon isn’t lost on him. “I always felt like I had a special connection to MJ. Yes, I, too, wanted to be like Mike. Whether it’s the weight room, film study or on the football field, I refuse to settle for second. This mentality has driven me to where I am today, and I hope that I can continue the brand’s legacy by inspiring the next generation to be like Mike.”
Thomas joins a family of 50-plus members across all sports who represent the Jordan Brand.