Free-agent offensive tackle Zach Strief isn't moving.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the deal is for $20.5 million with $8.4 million in guarantees, per a source who has seen the contract.
Strief had been in stiff negotiations with the Saints over the weekend after reportedly drawing some interest from the Miami Dolphins. Preferring to stay in New Orleans, Strief never had a visit lined up in Miami, his agent said.
Drafted in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft, Strief has played his entire career with the Saints. The right tackle started 15 games and completed by far the best season of his eight-year career in 2013. Pro Football Focus graded him its seventh overall tackle in 2013 and top right tackle.
"We are excited to announce that Zach will stay with us into the future," general manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement. "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."
The offensive tackle was our No. 11 free agent left on the market entering Monday.
This signing might not change Jimmy Graham's shocked response to the carnage that has been the Saints' offseason. However, Strief is a very solid pass protector so it should make Drew Brees smile ear-to-ear.