Zach Strief knows that eventually Andrus Peat will take his starting postion

usa-today-8362570.0For the a lot of veterans, the NFL Draft can bring a mixed bag of emotions. Watching your team draft a player in the first round at their position is a sign that your time is almost up. New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief found himself in that position when the team selected Andrus Peat in the first round. Many players in the situation that Strief is in would complain about this, but the 31-year-old is looking at this in a different way. Strief says he knows that Peat will take his starting position eventually, but will try to hold him off as long as he can.


“I understand how it works. I also understand that I’m not playing forever. I never intended to,” said Strief, who signed a five-year deal worth a reported $20 million.

“He’s taking my job eventually,” Strief said. “That is definitely happening. At some point, that’s happening. My job and my role is to make that take as long as possible. And that’s how I’ll approach it.”

“The entire time, I’ll be doing everything I can to help him do just that,” Strief said.

He added: “At the end of the day … my role on this team at this point is to 1), play the best football I can play; 2), be a leader; and 3), pass on as much information as I can to the next group of guys and that hasn’t changed.”



You have to give Strief credit for embracing the competition that Peat will bring instead of complaining about it.

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