#2 – Zach Strief, Tackle
Oct 27, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton shakes hands with tackle Zach Strief (64) prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Zach Strief is one of the final remnants of the 2006 Saints team. His 6’7″ stature and 320 pound size is a hard thing to find this day in the NFL. As for his 2013 season, Strief finished as one of the highest graded linemen (highest for the Saints) in the NFL, at +26.5 on 1,062 snaps. Strief continues to be a staple on the offensive line.
"“Obviously this organization has been a big part of my life. I feel like I’ve been a part of the success here, and I don’t want to leave that. And yet it’s probably my last opportunity to sign a contract in this league. They understand that. I understand that. You hope that everybody at some point comes to an agreement to where you can stay. That’s how I feel. I think that’s how they feel.” -Zach Strief"
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.