Veteran offensive tackle Zach Strief will be back with the Saints for the eleventh season of his career, general manager Mickey Loomis indicated on Monday at LSU’s Pro Day.
Strief, who started 15 games for the Saints last season at right tackle, is the only remaining member of the foundational 2006 draft class on the roster after this offseason’s decision to release Marques Colston and Jahri Evans.
The veteran is also one of three Saints — along with quarterback Drew Brees and punter Thomas Morstead — remaining from the 2010 Super Bowl.
“I’m glad Zach Strief is part of our roster,” Loomis said.
Strief, who has started the last five seasons at right tackle, could face competition from 2015 first-round pick Andrus Peat, may battle the younger player for the starting role.
“We’re always interested in creating competition,” Loomis said. “We’re always interested in getting the best guys on the field, so that’ll all shake itself out.”
Peat also started four games at guard, but Loomis wasn’t willing to say the Saints’ top pick in 2015 would move inside again.
“We’re way too early to speculate anything about who’s playing and where they’re playing and all these sorts of things,” Loomis said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do here just to fill out our roster over the next couple months, and then we’ll move to training camp, where all those questions get answered.”