Sport For Saints, Zach Strief continues to be money well spent

16:10  19 june  2017
16:10  19 june  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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The Saints were under no obligation to reward a 12-year veteran with a restructured contract that could yield an extra $1 million this season.

But before a single game is played, Zach Strief is already proving this unusual move was money well spent.

Besides manning his customary right tackle position, Strief will play a significant role in helping to prepare a rookie to start on the opposite side. Ryan Ramczyk is being thrust into that role after left tackle Terron Armstead tore his labrum last Wednesday during a bag drill at veteran minicamp.

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"It’s a huge loss for us," Strief told co-host Zig Fracassi and me last Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Terron is such a talented guy. It’s going to be a tough replacement whoever gets tasked with that. Those are big shoes to fill.

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"That being said, I do think we have some good depth and someone is going to step up and take that job over."

Ramczyk is the frontrunner with Armstead projected to have a four-to-six month recovery period. Selected at No. 32 overall in last April’s draft, Ramczyk started at left tackle during his 2016 junior season at Wisconsin. He was converted to right tackle by New Orleans to become Strief’s understudy and eventual replacement.

That succession plan has temporarily changed, although Ramczy’s initial plans to workout with Strief during the lull before training camp have not.

"He’s got the mental makeup to be really successful," Strief said. "He’s been kind of a sponge. He’s really excited to get new information.

"Ryan is really good at being told something, understanding what it is and being able to do it with his body. Sometimes there’s a disconnect there with what you think you’re doing and what you’re actually doing. Ryan's got that talent to be able to convert a verbal message into a physical action."

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Zach Strief © (Getty Images) Zach Strief

Despite such praise, Strief wasn’t ready to tap Ramcyzk as the Saints’ first-string left tackle, as he believes veterans Bryce Harris and Khalif Barnes are other viable options. Strief also didn’t discount the possibility of left guard Andrus Peat, a 2015 first-round pick who was drafted as a tackle out of Stanford, returning to his college position.

"Ryan is going to be a really good player, but he’s also got a lot of work to do,” Strief said. "The transition to the NFL is a big jump, especially at left tackle. You’re asking a lot of a young guy."

Armstead’s injury was the second major blow suffered by the Saints’ offensive line this offseason, with center Max Unger needing foot surgery that is expected to sideline him for at least the start of training camp. Strief said the absence of both does create a leadership void that he is trying to fill along with new right guard Larry Warford, who left Detroit for a four-year, $34 million contract.

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Zach Strief finds himself in a place few NFL players ever get to be . At peace and still playing at a high level. Strief remains remarkably healthy as he heads into the 12th season of his career, coming off of an impressive campaign that earned him widespread acclaim for his work against the NFL’s best pass

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"I have to take some of that responsibility,” said Strief, who joined the Saints as a seventh-round pick from Northwestern in 2006. "And with Larry, we’ve got another guy who’s been around. He’s a great worker and someone for those (younger) guys to look up to."

The same can be said of the latest addition to the Saints’ backfield — running back Adrian Peterson. Even with his NFL experience, Strief admits he has gotten awe-struck by some of the plays Peterson has made in offseason practice.

"I think the general perception of Adrian throughout our building is that he is still a total freak show," Strief said. “You hear (outside) people’s perception of him, obviously coming off a knee injury and being later in a career for a running back, that maybe he’s not going to look or be a certain way. He sure still passes the eye-ball test."

Proof came during Peterson’s first OTA practice in New Orleans.

"They called a slash play and he put his foot in the ground and cut up-field and there was like a collective gasp,” Strief said. "That is not an easy thing to do at this level — to have a physical attribute that exceptional that it looks different than anybody else. He still has that."

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The restructured contract Strief received shows the Saints value him as well during the latter stages of his own NFL career. Strief’s base salary was boosted from $1 million to $1.7 million along with another potential $300,000 by being active for all 16 games.

"The year before they came to me and said, ‘Hey, we feel like you didn’t play as well as you could have,’ and it went the other way (in 2016),” said Strief, who signed a four-year, $20 million contract extension in 2014. "That’s the business. At this point, not only am I year-to-year as far as whether I’m still playing but I think with the Saints right now we’re going to evaluate the contract situation.

"Obviously, we want it to be a deal that makes sense for everybody. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to let them give me a little bit extra to show some appreciation of the play and leadership I bring."

The Saints must now hope Strief and the rest of their offensive line can help bring the franchise back to where it hasn’t been in three seasons — the playoffs.

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