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New Orleans Saints agree five-year deal with Zach Strief

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New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief has agreed a new five-year contract, the franchise has confirmed.

According to reports, the 30-year-old has put pen to paper on a new deal worth $20.5 million with $8.4 million in guarantees.

Strief, who was on the open market as a free agent, has been with the Saints since he was drafted in 2006 as a 7th round pick and started in 17 regular and post-season games in 2013.

"We are excited to announce that Zach will stay with us into the future," general manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement on the New Orleans Saints official website.

"Not only has he done an excellent job at the right tackle position, but he has served us well as an offensive team captain for the past two seasons and has always been a great asset in the community since he first came here in 2006."

Strief was reportedly attracting interest from the Miami Dolphins - although his agent Ralph Cindrich insisted a visit to Miami was never planned because talks with the Saints were 'heating up'.

It has been a post-season of mass-upheaval in New Orleans, with veterans Lance Moore, Will Smith, Roman Harper, Jabari Greer and Jonathan Vilma all released, while Darren Sproles has joined the Philadelphia Eagles.

Arriving last week was Jairus Byrd from the Buffallo Bills, while star turn Jimmy Graham has been franchise tagged.

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