As expected, Saints offensive lineman Zach Strief has announced his retirement from the NFL. Strief finalized the decision with a Monday afternoon press conference attended by teammates Drew Brees, Coby Fleener, Mark Ingram, Thomas Morstead, and Cam Jordan.
Strief, a seventh round pick in 2006, spent all 12 seasons of his NFL career with the Saints. The longtime team captain leaves the game after earning millions of dollars and a Super Bowl ring. The lineman was set to earn $4MM in salary and bonuses this season, according to ESPN’s Mike Triplett (via Twitter).
Strief turned in a strong campaign in 2016, but he was limited in 2017 after suffering serious knee injuries. In light of his medical issues, Strief is opting to transition to a new phase of his life with his 35th birthday on the horizon.
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