According to multiple reports, the Saints have signed offensive tackle Zach Strief to a five year deal that will most likely keep Strief in the Bayou for the remainder of his career.
Strief, who turned 30 last year, was rated as the top right tackle in all of football in 2013 by Pro Football Focus.
The move makes sense for both sides; Drew Brees is not getting any younger and the chances of finding a better option than Strief either in the remainder of free agency or in the draft was slim-to-none.
Money was the only question when it came to Strief, especially after the splash made when the Saints signed safety Jairus Byrd. However, when Strief declined a visit to Miami last week, it looked like New Orleans had figured out a way to pay him.
With right tackle now secured, the only hole along the offensive line is at center. Former Saint Brian De La Puente is still a free agent, and although the best option would be to re-sign him I’m not sure there’s enough money left to pay De La Puente and still stay under the cap for other guys, including incoming rookies. That being said, I am not Mickey Loomis and if there is a way to keep De La Puente in the fold I’m sure they’re exploring that avenue.