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Strief back in Black and Gold

The Saints have agreed to terms on a 5 year deal with free agent offensive tackle Zach Strief. 

Strief tested the free agency market and received some slight interest from other teams, but ultimately decided on a return to New Orleans. 

The deal pays Strief $8.4 million of guaranteed cash, and $20.5 million over the life of the contract.

Strief has been with the Saints since 2006 as a 7th round draft pick in Sean Payton's first draft as the Saints head coach.

Strief is widely respected in the locker room and voted team captain the past two seasons by his teammates. 

The move solidifies a position of need for the Black and Gold. 

He's not a dominant tackle, but probably the most consistent offensive lineman on the team in 2013. 

The familiarity with team and city, and the skill made this yet another wise move for Mickey Loomis and the Saints front office. 

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03/17/2014 8:49AM
Strief back in Black and Gold
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03/17/2014 9:01AM
03/17/2014 9:05AM
good move. Loomis is as good as there is in this league at what he does. who dat. go saints.
03/17/2014 9:09AM
Zach's Back!
Good move team! Mr. Strief in a good, solid, CONSISTENT player and the Saints could use more like him - espectially at LT!!! ellsbells
03/17/2014 9:31AM
Brees will be sacked more this season than last season
03/17/2014 9:33AM
Strief's back
Solid move, needed to happen. Next: CB, WR, Jimmy's new deal.
03/17/2014 9:49AM
Strief's Back?
Stay tuned for more sacks!
03/17/2014 10:04AM
dominant tackle
Come on Loomis, We definitely need a dominant tackle. Have to pick one one in the draft.
03/17/2014 10:23AM
There are some stupid people on here. Most of sacks last year came from left tackle. Not through Strief.
03/17/2014 10:31AM
Samo Samo
We need to upgrade the front line,can't run the ball in crunch time and having trouble with the rush from both ends.Better look like bringing in some help are be ready to bring in a new QB.
03/17/2014 10:31AM
Yea charles brown was an issue not Zack
03/17/2014 10:33AM
Sack Attack
He's to slow Breese is going to get hurt
03/17/2014 10:48AM
Obviously they know something we dont, thier not stupid. What we think we know is irrelevant.
03/17/2014 11:29AM
You keep a slow, penalty prone tackle but you trade a speedster & good all-around go to player? Brees better hang on...
03/17/2014 11:44AM
Strief was the top-ranked RT in the NFL a year ago (Pro Football Focus).
03/17/2014 11:54AM
The Record
3 false starts Allowed 3 sacks ALL OF LAST YEAR
03/17/2014 12:05PM
Protect Drew Bree's
This is a bad move drew Bree's will stay on his back watch the RT and no LT oh boy and they trade sproles instead of trading this RT slow bust
03/17/2014 12:10PM
Please draft a new QB
Well since drew Bree's reconstruct his contract to keep lance Moore and Darren sproles we will continue to just see Bree's on his back like last year no offense protection period enough said
03/17/2014 12:14PM
Oh snap watch your left side and right side Drew
Bree's just duck and roll since you can't run wow
03/17/2014 1:17PM
Not a dominant tackle, good for the city
Neither matter to me. I wish that the Saints would give 5 year deals with bonuses to players that are worthy of it because of there play on the field. Weak move. Byrd was a good move. 1 step forward, 2 steps back
03/17/2014 1:25PM
Yeah Zack
He's our family's favorite! Each training season, Zack, along with Thomas Morestead and Drew, are the few players who stay after practice and sign autographs for the fans. These three do not leave until every autograph is signed. This says a lot about character-just finished working out in the hot sun for hours yet still takes time for the fans! Yea Zack
03/17/2014 2:12PM
Great I' m thrill with bot sides decision.
03/17/2014 7:41PM
Strife grief
Too bad
03/18/2014 11:06AM
Way to go! WHODAT!
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