Herring’s deal with Cowboys goes sour

After a free-agent deal between New Orleans’ 2013 special-teams captain Will Herring and Dallas fell apart Friday, the player’s representative unloaded on the Cowboys, saying their behavior was “crazy” and “made no sense.”

Herring, a backup linebacker, had agreed to a one-year contract with Dallas on Thursday. But Dallas never announced the deal, and then news broke that it was off — according to Herring’s agent, George Mavrikes, the Cowboys reneged because they thought the player “may be an injury risk.”

“I’m very angry with Dallas,” Mavrikes said in an email. “(Herring) passed the physical ... . He is healthier than 90 percent (of the league). He hasn’t missed a game or a practice the last two years,” and he’s only missed a handful of contests throughout his career, which began in 2007.

Herring has missed 15 of 112 regular-season games possible. He’s suited up for the Saints’ last 32 regular-season games as well as two playoff contests in January.

Herring led the Saints’ special teams unit in tackles and forced a fumble. Rotating in at inside linebacker on defense, he also intercepted a pass in a Week 4 win vs. Miami and had six solo tackles.

“They need solid players like him,” Mavrikes said of the Cowboys, whose defense finished ranked last in 2013. “It’s crazy and makes no sense. He’s the exact player Dallas needs.”

Herring, who arrived in New Orleans in 2011 after four seasons with Seattle, was again a free agent Friday. He remarked via Twitter,

“The bad news is I’m not signing with Dallas. The good news is Jesus still sits on the throne. I hate it didn’t work out. Wish them the best.”

Strief moving to re-signing?

Free-agent right tackle Zach Strief’s representative on Friday said it “looks like we’re moving” toward some kind of re-signing deal with the Saints; but nothing was at all finalized, and he didn’t expect it to be before at least Monday.

“Been talking with Saints,” Strief’s agent, Ralph Cindrich, wrote via email. “Looks like we’re moving there. Nothing to look at. Zach is out of town.”

Cindrich noted he had also talked to other teams about his client. He made his remarks following a widely-circulated Miami Herald report that said Strief declined an invitation to visit the Dolphins. “Never had any visits set up” anywhere, Cindrich wrote.

Cindrich had told The Advocate before free agency began and Strief went on the open market that there’s always been a mutual interest to keep his client in New Orleans, where he’s played his entire eight-year career, started the past three seasons and emerged as a locker-room leader. The Saints just weren’t in a position to make him a new offer when free agency began, Cindrich has said.

Humber re-ups

The Saints on Friday agreed to a one-year deal with one of their top special-teams players, backup linebacker Ramon Humber, the team announced.

Humber tied for third in solo special-teams tackles (six) last year for the Saints. He also recovered one onside kick each in a Week 15 loss to St. Louis and in a Week 16 setback to Carolina.

For his performance, he drew almost 63,000 Pro Bowl fan votes, which was ninth among special teamers. He wasn’t selected for the Pro Bowl, however.

Positioned under inside linebackers Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne on the depth chart, Humber lined up in some of the Saints’ specialty packages on defense, recording 0.5 sacks and two tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He arrived in New Orleans in 2010 after going to Super Bowl XLIV with the Indianapolis Colts, who lost that game to the Saints.