April 12, 2010

Saints' Strief signs restricted free agent tender

Utilityman Zach Strief, the titanic versatile offensive lineman, hit the offseason as a restricted free agent.

The Saints retained him with a $1.759 million tender.  No team expressed interest in signing Strief to an offer sheet, adding him to their roster and paying the second round pick price.

Strief signed the offer on Monday, ending the possibility of a restricted free agent offer sheet.

Strief, 27, 6'7, 320, could still be traded at any time now for any price.  The Saints are moving into 2010 with four starting quality offensive tackles - Jammal Brown returning from injury, Jon Stinchcomb coming off a Pro Bowl season, Brown's 2009 replacement Jermon Bushrod and versatile veteran Strief. 

Its a luxury to have at a key position, but the right offer could result in one of those players moving via trade. 

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