Saints OT Zach Strief Expected to Retire

Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief, 34, is expected to retire, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Strief, a seventh-round pick in 2006, played 12 seasons for the Saints, but he appeared in just two games in 2017 before going on injured reserve in early October with a knee injury.

Strief’s retirement would leave the Saints with just three players left from the 2009 Super Bowl team, quarterbacks Drew Brees and Chase Daniel and punter Thomas Morstead. Brees and Daniel are both free agents.

After the season ended, Strief said he would take some time to debate his options for the future.

“I think physically it’s something that I could do,” he said in January. “The reality of this job is that there’s as much mental preparation as physical, and I think the question will come down to more, ‘Am I mentally ready to do what’s necessary to play another season?'”

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