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NFL news: Tyrann Mathieu reportedly signing with New Orleans Saints

The “Honey Badger” was often connected to the Raiders

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Now that the draft is complete, expect the veteran free-agent market to pick up some as teams look to fill remaining needs as training camp looms.

One name, however, we apparently can removed from consideration for the Las Vegas Raiders is standout safety Tyrann Mathieu. According to NFL Media, the “Honey Badger” is close to signing with his hometown New Orleans Saints.

UPDATE: It’s a done deal.

The Raiders, of course, were connected to Mathieu often in free agency. But, in the end, unless reported otherwise, it didn’t appear those talks went very far. Mathieu surely would have looked good in the Silver and Black. Now, at least, fans can take solace that he is out of the AFC West officially. Mathieu had some big games against the Raiders in the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

At some point, I would expect the Raiders to add to the secondary with cornerback perhaps being more likely than safety. The Raiders studied several cornerback prior to the draft, but didn’t select one with any of their six picks.