Saints reportedly give Zach Strief $1 million raise
- New Orleans Advocate’s Nick Underhill reported Friday that the New Orleans Saints have given starting right tackle Zach Strief a $1 million raise for the 2017 season. The move suggests a commitment to Strief as the starter, despite the Saints’ drafting of Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.
- Strief has been a very solid performer since taking over from Jon Stinchcomb as right tackle in 2011, posting only one below-average season grade (67.5 in 2012) over the past six years.
- Despite turning 33 during the season, 2016 was Strief’s most productive year as a pro, posting career-highs in overall grade (86.8) and pass-blocking efficiency (96.5).
- 2016 saw Strief allow just 31 total pressures, the fewest of any of his seasons as a starter. He managed this despite 676 pass-block snaps, third most among all offensive tackles last year.
- As well as being a skilled pass protector, Strief also had an impact in the run game last season; he posted a run-blocking grade of 82.3, making him the 14th-ranked run-blocking tackle in the NFL.
- While he will turn 34 during the 2017 season, durability has been another impressive element of Strief’s game to date, having lined up for more than 1,000 snaps in each of the last four seasons.