A seventh-round pick in the 2006 draft, Strief spent his first five seasons with the Saints as a reserve blocker. In 2011, he got his chance to be the regular starter at right tackle, and he ended up being a mainstay on the O-line, blocking for Brees in all of the ensuing six years. From 2011 to 2017, he started 87 games, including the first two of this past season before a torn ACL and MCL ended his year prematurely.
"Congratulations to Zach Strief on being arguably probably one of the best players I've had a chance to coach, one of the best teammates and someone our whole organization and fanbase can be proud of," coach Sean Payton said in a statment. "As a person, as a man, as a friend, and as a head coach, I thank Zach. He will always be one of us."