By Josh DeShazier
New Orleans Saints
METARIE, La — Safety Tyrann Mathieu made three stops in his NFL career – the Cardinals, Texans and Chiefs – before signing with his hometown New Orleans Saints as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Linebacker Demario Davis made two stops – with the Jets and Browns, then back to the Jets – before he joined the Saints as an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
Each made at least one move that he didn’t want to make prior to the path leading to New Orleans, but each quickly learned that the business of the NFL is strictly business.
So neither sounded totally blindsided Tuesday about the Saints trading defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson to the Philadelphia Eagles less than two weeks before the regular season is set to open on the road against Atlanta.
“I just got here four or five months ago,” Mathieu said. “(But) he’s been a great teammate, a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm. He really loves to play football. That’s just the unfortunate part of this business, sometimes you have to make difficult decisions. Obviously, we wish him well.
“I’ve grown to really have a good relationship with him, I’m hoping that that can continue no matter where we are in this world. But just really wishing him the best. But more importantly, I think we’ve got a good room, I think we’ve got a deep room and no matter who’s in there, I think we’ll be ready to roll.
“Yeah, I’m always surprised when good players find themselves in those kinds of situations. Just wishing him the best, really hoping the best for him and his family going forward.”
Davis was Gardner-Johnson’s teammate for the past three seasons and watched him grow from rookie to vital part of one of the best defenses in the league, as a top-notch slot cornerback.