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Saints News, 3/14/14: Zach Strief Turns Down Invitation To Visit Dolphins

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According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Strief told the Dolphins he wasn’t interested in coming for a visit and did not give them a reason why. It's been widely reported that there's mutual interest by both the Saints and Strief to keep him in New Orleans. Could they be close to agreeing on a new deal? In other news, the 1-year deal between former Saints free agent Will Herring and the Cowboys that was reported yesterday has been scrubbed. No news on exactly why other than the two parties mutually decided to cancel the deal. Herring remains a free agent.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> &amp; RT Zach Strief have been in discussions about bringing him back for ’14, says <a href="https://twitter.com/RalphCindrich">@RalphCindrich</a>. Mutual interest in staying home</p>&mdash; Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/statuses/444532794614489089">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Update: Tackle Zach Strief never set up a visit with Dolphins as interest from <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> continues, agent says <a href="http://t.co/2WpTtdROUr">http://t.co/2WpTtdROUr</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/444545065252163585">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Strief&#39;s agent says talks have continued with <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>. Nothing decided yet, though.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/444543882534354945">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>In email, Zach Strief&#39;s agent tells me the player hasn&#39;t set up any visits. Agent&#39;s talked to <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23saints&amp;src=hash">#saints</a> and others, but Strief&#39;s out of town.</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/statuses/444543450688405504">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Encouraging news about Zach Strief. I maintain that, at this point, retaining him is free agency&#39;s top priority for the Saints.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/444529486592495616">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Would make sense post MIA visit cancellation report. RT <a href="https://twitter.com/ArmandoSalguero">@ArmandoSalguero</a>: Zach Strief, I&#39;m told, expects to return to New Orleans. We&#39;ll see</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/444529313228935168">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>With the expensive part of FA basically done, I&#39;d say the Saints did well. got a franchise safety, extended a key RB, dealt another RB...</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/444565786967826432">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>...&amp; received a draft pick for him &amp; they&#39;ve re-signed a few integral role players. Still need RT, C, CB &amp; WR before all is done w/ FA/draft</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/444566069601005568">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> see ur fav saints 4 the 1st time this off season @ my charity softball game. Zephyr&#39;s Stadium May15 <a href="https://twitter.com/6pm">@6pm</a>. <a href="http://t.co/hkjAI4o6UZ">http://t.co/hkjAI4o6UZ</a></p>&mdash; Ben Grubbs (@BenGrubbs66) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenGrubbs66/statuses/444571053101027328">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>8 years ago TODAY... <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@drewbrees</a> joined the <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a>.&#10;&#10;In 4 of those years since.&#10;He&#39;s done THIS: <a href="http://t.co/vpD6qI9dS6">http://t.co/vpD6qI9dS6</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23FlashbackFriday&amp;src=hash">#FlashbackFriday</a></p>&mdash; NFL (@nfl) <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl/statuses/444555812166307841">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Eagles RB Darren Sproles&#39; new deal matches the current veteran market: three years, $10.5M, per league source.</p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/444555004276244480">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/Jeff_McLane">@Jeff_McLane</a>: New <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Eagles&amp;src=hash">#Eagles</a> RB Darren Sproles (No. 43): <a href="http://t.co/rAEJfy79j6">pic.twitter.com/rAEJfy79j6</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/444533651816984576">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sproles and family got all worked up for nothing. Got traded to a great destination for him, so great he extended his stay already.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/444530511898492928">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Darren Sproles didn&#39;t want to be traded; now that he&#39;s in Philly he doesn&#39;t want to leave <a href="http://t.co/P0SzwK7Fy9">http://t.co/P0SzwK7Fy9</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/444528905278349312">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Eagles announce a 2yr extension with RB Darren Sproles, who they acquired from the Saints this week</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/statuses/444526816951549952">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Broncos fee-agent CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is scheduled to fly to New York tonight to meet with the Jets, per team source.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/444558504003928065">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Great to get work in with <a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5">@GHartley5</a> this week, one of the best free agent kickers out there. <a href="http://t.co/wRXTWNC3Lp">pic.twitter.com/wRXTWNC3Lp</a></p>&mdash; Kohl&#39;s Kicking Camps (@KohlsKicking) <a href="https://twitter.com/KohlsKicking/statuses/444293752442466305">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>One more note, the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> cap number does include Jimmy Graham&#39;s $7 million tag number. Many of you have asked.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/444532732987572224">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brandon Browner&#39;s visit to the Redskins was never canceled. It was postponed. It&#39;s happening today. Pats, Saints, Raiders in mix too.</p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/444532043410448384">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/judybattista">@JudyBattista</a> talks free agency on today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast: <a href="http://t.co/wgK2WK0INq">http://t.co/wgK2WK0INq</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/444524158161281024">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/EvryoneH8sChris">@EvryoneH8sChris</a> "<a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a>: .<a href="https://twitter.com/jairusbyrd">@JairusByrd</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> jerseys are now available! <a href="http://t.co/TIWcnJbSsx">pic.twitter.com/TIWcnJbSsx</a>"</p>&mdash; Laura Fien (@itsfeeny) <a href="https://twitter.com/itsfeeny/statuses/444503197210509313">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>These sinuses are kicking my &#10;A$$ </p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/444514642417958914">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> agree to terms on 1-year contract with Ramon Humber <a href="http://t.co/HloRaPIuOh">http://t.co/HloRaPIuOh</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/444506785383059456">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Line of day: <a href="https://twitter.com/stephenasmith">@stephenasmith</a> just walked into ESPN green room, sighed and said, &quot;Man, I need to take a break from Skip...&quot;</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/444498361056391168">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Flashback Friday photo gallery: <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@DrewBrees</a> joins the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> -&gt; <a href="http://t.co/HGthtNDLAk">http://t.co/HGthtNDLAk</a> 8 years ago today <a href="http://t.co/vSBa04Gpul">pic.twitter.com/vSBa04Gpul</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/444489483900055552">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Worked out halfway decent RT <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a>: 8 years ago today, the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> agreed to terms with free agent QB <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@DrewBrees</a> <a href="http://t.co/aWdWBhODnE">pic.twitter.com/aWdWBhODnE</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/444483225025396737">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Good day of work... Any good restaurants I should check out in Miami tonight?</p>&mdash; jairus byrd (@jairusbyrd) <a href="https://twitter.com/jairusbyrd/statuses/444485478012977152">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> are currently $2.4 million under the cap, according to the NFLPA.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/444483679784423425">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Intel on Jairus Byrd from Buffalo Bills columnist <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisTrapasso">@ChrisTrapasso</a> <a href="http://t.co/IUV6URF4jK">http://t.co/IUV6URF4jK</a></p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/444477178755817472">March 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Zach Strief turns down the Dolphins invitation to visit | ProFootballTalk
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