Saints bring back RT Strief on five-year deal

Updated: March 17, 2014, 9:59 AM ET

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The New Orleans Saints brought back Zach Strief, agreeing to terms with the offensive tackle on a five-year contract.
Financial terms were not disclosed. The Saints announced the deal Monday morning on their official Twitter page.

#Saints & @ZachStrief agree to terms on 5-year contract http://t.co/VRCF038CUL pic.twitter.com/SnSVwSkslA
– New Orleans Saints (@Saints) March 17, 2014
“We are excited to announce that Zach will stay with us into the future,” Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement released by the team. “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, 30, took over as the Saints’ starting right tackle in 2011 and had his best season to date in 2013. ESPN.com’s John Clayton named Strief a first-team All-Pro at right tackle, and Pro Football Focus had him graded as the top right tackle in the league last year.
The 6-foot-7 Strief played at a high level in both 2011 and 2013, when he allowed only three sacks in 15 starts. However, he did struggle in 2012 — in part due to a nagging groin injury. A seventh-round draft pick out of Northwestern in 2006, Strief was elected as a captain each of the past two years.
ESPN.com Saints reporter Mike Triplett contributed to this report.

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