Mickey Loomis is at it again.
“We are excited to announce that Zach will stay with us into the future,” Loomis said. “Not only has he done an excellent job at the right tackle position, but he has served us well as an offensive team captain for the past two seasons and has always been a great asset in the community since he first came here in 2006.”
Strief hit the open market after a deal was reportedly not able to be worked out between the team and Strief. His deal is for the next five years, and would most assuredly mean that he has a strong chance to retire as a member of the New Orleans Saints.
The news is extremely encouraging to read for any member of Who Dat Nation. I had Strief pegged as the number two free agent priority for the team back in January, and I had this to say about his outlook with the team:
2014 Outlook: Strief turns 31 in September, and as he’s said, he would love to be back. The problem is that the Saints have let a major piece of their offensive line move on each season. Strief is a huge asset to the line, and if Drew Brees truly sticks to his word about restructuring to make room, then Strief should be back in Black & Gold next season. However, don’t expect other teams to not throw money his way if it gets to that point.
Strief graded out as the highest tackle from Pro Football Focus, finishing at a +26.5 rating. He drew interest in free agency, but declined a visit to the Miami Dolphins, who were reportedly interested in Strief. He has been a part of the team since 2006.
Strief’s deal is reportedly worth $20.5M, with $8.4M being guaranteed.