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
The news for the Saints keeps going from bad to worse.
As per The Advocate, Ramon Antonio Vargas reported that Zach Strief’s agent broke the news that Strief will hit the open martket.
"Right tackle Zach Strief wanted to remain with the New Orleans Saints, and the team wanted to keep him. But New Orleans “is not in a position to make an offer at this time,” and he will hit free agency on March 11, says his agent Ralph Cindrich."
It’s a horrible thought to realize that key pieces of the Saints organization over the Sean Payton Era will no longer be with the team, and as we learned earlier with wide receiver Lance Moore, it seems that no one is safe.
Strief’s size will definitely draw interest on the open market, and in his absence, it looks for the moment that backup Bryce Harris is up. I had pegged Strief as the number two priority for all of the Saints free agent priorities for this off-season. Here’s what I had to say back in January.
"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."
We can only hope that the Saints don’t keep having to release and pass up on players, but only time will tell. The Saints may have to use that first round pick on an offensive tackle.
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