NFL CAREER – A second-year tackle who will compete in the offseason and training camp for a roster spot on New Orleans’ offensive line. Trautwein signed with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and appeared in four games for St. Louis, also spending a month of his rookie year on the active roster of the Cleveland Browns. He spent the final seven weeks of the 2011 season on the Saints practice squad, becoming accimilated to the club’s offensive system, while working with the scout team.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed to reserve/futures contract, 1/18/12; Signed by New Orleans to practice squad, 11/22/11; Waived by Cleveland Browns, 9/3/11; Signed by Cleveland to reserve/futures contract, 1/5/11; Signed to Cleveland practice squad, 11/30/10; Waived by St. Louis Rams, 8/30/10; Signed by St. Louis from Cleveland practice squad, 10/21/09; Signed to Cleveland practice squad, 10/9/09; Waived by Cleveland, 10/7/09; Acquired off of waivers by Cleveland from St. Louis, 9/6/09; Waived by St. Louis, 9/5/09; Signed by St. Louis as an undrafted rookie free agent, 4/30/09.
2011– Spent the final seven weeks of the regular season on the Saints practice squad after being waived by Cleveland at the conclusion of the preseason. 2010 – After being waived by St. Louis during the preseason, spent the final month of the season on the Cleveland Browns practice squad. 2009 – Appeared in four contests as a rookie for the St. Louis Rams, after spending the first month of the regular season on the Browns active roster, later spending two weeks on the Cleveland practice squad prior to being signed by the Rams
COLLEGE – Played in 46 career games with 29 starts at Florida…Started 14 games at LT, including SEC Championship and BCS National Championship, as a senior in 2008…Earned first-team All-SEC honors…Added second-team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated…Missed 2007 season with a stress fracture in right foot…Started all 14 games in 2006 season…Saw action in all 12 games in 2005, making first career start as a TE against Florida State…Saw action in six games as a freshman in 2004.
PERSONAL – Ranked as seventh-best prospect in New Jersey by SuperPrep’s All-America issue as a senior at Eastern (Voorhees, N.J.) HS.
The Saints QBs invited their favorite White Sulphur Springs restaurant, Cook's Country Kitchen, which was severely damaged by the recent flooding and just reopened last week, to participate in their first QB Challenge of camp. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)
Veteran right tackle Zach Strief met with reporters Thursday to talk about the first day of New Orleans Saints training camp at The Greenbrier. Video by Ashley Amoss, New Orleans Saints video
James Laurinaitis talks about the start of camp and the respect he has for Saints great Jonathan Vilma. (Video by Ashley Amoss)
Luke McCown connects with Brandin Cooks on a deep pass on the first day of Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon. (Video provided by FOX-8)