(WVUE) - One of the Saints longtime warriors appears to be calling it a career. According to Ian Rapaport of the NFL Network, Zach Strief is expected to retire. The news is somewhat expected after Strief was lost for the year in week four and the emergence of Ryan Ramczyk at right tackle.
Taken in the seventh round, Strief was the last player left from the Saints' 2006 draft class that became the foundation for the team's Super Bowl run in 2009. Strief officially took over the starting right tackle role in 2011 when he replaced Jon Stinchcomb. Strief's career spanned 12 seasons and 94 starts, all with the Saints.