"Mutual interest" exists to try to work out deal to keep Strief with Saints

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints tackle Zach Strief (64) provides protection for quarterback Drew Brees (9) as linebacker Junior Galette (93) and defensive end Kenyon Coleman (99) attack the play during training camp practice Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Metairie. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints tackle Zach Strief (64) provides protection for quarterback Drew Brees (9) as linebacker Junior Galette (93) and defensive end Kenyon Coleman (99) attack the play during training camp practice Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Metairie.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Saints‘ salary-cap situation isn’t ideal, but that won’t stop them from trying to retain their best offensive lineman before he hits free agency. According to Strief’s agent as well as a separate NFL source, there’s a definite “mutual interest” to work out a deal that would keep right tackle Zach Strief in New Orleans for 2014 and beyond.