It sounds like the New Orleans Saints will be losing one of their top locker room leaders and one of the last remaining players from their Super Bowl roster this offseason.
Offensive tackle Zach Strief, 34, is expected to retire, according to a report from NFL Network on Wednesday.
Strief, a seventh-round pick in 2006, played 12 seasons for the Saints, but he appeared in just two games in 2017 before going on injured reserve in early October with a knee injury.
Strief's retirement would leave the Saints with just three players left from the 2009 Super Bowl team, quarterbacks Drew Brees and Chase Daniel and punter Thomas Morstead. Brees and Daniel are both free agents.
After the season ended, Strief said he would take some time to debate his options for the future.
Saints' Zach Strief expected to retire from NFL: report
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Feb 28