Tyrann Mathieu says Chiefs never said why they moved on: 'This business sucks'


Tyrann Mathieu is surely excited to be playing for his hometown New Orleans Saints, but he is still left wondering why Kansas City did not try to make things work.

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The Pro Bowl defensive back told NBC Sports’ Peter King that he was hurt by the Chiefs never giving him an answer about why they did not extend an offer to him to stay with the team, which he said left him confused and angry.

“The business sucks,” he told King.

Mathieu, 29, believes he was a victim of simply bad timing — with the Chiefs using that money to sign younger players.

Yet, Mathieu is ready to turn the page and expects to finish his career in New Orleans, which he says is extremely important to him.

“I have a lot to accomplish on the field and off the field,” he said. “To come back here and play where I grew up is really good, really important. When I was young, and I was making mistakes, some big mistakes, a lot of times, something bad would happen with me, or I’d go to jail, and I could sense it in the people who believed in me. Disappointment. Hurt. So now, in my community, I’m gonna be the everyday reminder. You can get better. You can turn your life around. I did. It’s important for me to play great. But it’s as important for me to show these kids you can come back from big mistakes and be better. I’m better. I really want to help these kids in New Orleans.

“When I came by the Saints building to talk to them, I had a great talk with [defensive coordinator] Kris Richard. What a great teacher. I learned so much. I remember walking out of the building that day. ‘Those guys don’t need me. They don’t need the Honey Badger.’ That’s what I thought. I play a tricky position. Once you turn 30, it’s easy to just go draft a 22-year-old. Then they called me. I was thrilled. The money doesn’t matter. I just feel like there is so much more for me to accomplish.

“This is my last stop, my last challenge. I am just thrilled to be here. When I put the uniform on and play in the Superdome for the first time, I will have to take a moment. Honest. It’ll be so special. Just special.”

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