Saints center Max Unger retires

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The Saints’ offense has lost a key player.

Center Max Unger has retired, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

That’s a big blow for the Saints. Unger has been one of their most reliable players, starting every game but one since he arrived in the Jimmy Graham trade before the 2015 season.

The silver lining is that Unger was slated to cost $8.7 million against the salary cap this season, and the Saints could use some cap relief. But there’s no guarantee that they’ll be able to find a replacement, even if they’re willing to pay for one. There were three centers on our Free Agent Top 100 and all three of them have already signed.

33 responses to “Saints center Max Unger retires

  1. Have to wonder if Max gave him a heads up so they could plan? Well deserved retirement for a very good center. Best to him in his Retirement.

  2. Eek! Shoulda let management know before the free agent signing period. With the Saint’s 2nd from the bottom is draft capital, I wonder if they’re gonna use their No 2 pick, their only top 4 draft picks, on a center?

  3. There has to be some chance Max is trying to get their attention without all the hold out/pay me now nonsense that usually accompanies a player who is unhappy with his contract.

  4. Great player. Saints stole him in exchange for graham one of the most overstated tight ends in history

  5. very interesting timing to do this 1 week after free agency started…something more to the story here.

  6. not really screwed over the Saints by the timing.only Paradis would have been anything short of a downgrade out of the 3 starting centers that have been signed elsewhere so far and probably out of the aints price range.

  7. He didn’t have a press conference. Like the rest of NO he is still blubbering over giving away the lead then giving away the ball in OT… Oh hold on I mean they are still blubbering about how one call destroyed the universe.

  8. Class act and consistently great center that had a larger impact on his team than just his play on the field. (And that is not an easy statement for a Husky to make about a Duck…)

  9. Max hUnger was hurt often as a Sea Dork, and yet he managed to miss only one game as an Ain’t. There must be something bad about the playing surface at Putrid Sound Stadium in Seattle. Same thing happened to players like Bruised Irvin, Brandon MeatBrain and Russell OKongShow. Once they left Seattle, they stayed healthier. ET had 2 broken legs as a Sea Dork. He is now a Baltimore Raven. He will probably be healthy enough to start almost every game.

  10. Already counting down the days till he announces his “return” after training camp wraps.

  11. omeimontis says:
    March 16, 2019 at 6:19 pm
    Max hUnger was hurt often as a Sea Dork, and yet he managed to miss only one game as an Ain’t. There must be something bad about the playing surface at Putrid Sound Stadium in Seattle. Same thing happened to players like Bruised Irvin, Brandon MeatBrain and Russell OKongShow. Once they left Seattle, they stayed healthier. ET had 2 broken legs as a Sea Dork. He is now a Baltimore Raven. He will probably be healthy enough to start almost every game.
    +++
    I really hope you’re 10. If you’re much older than that, by say 20+ years, you have serious issues!

    This schtick you type about everything Seattle is boring and weak.

    Internet anonymity is a blessing for you, I guess.

    You definitely need a new hobby.

  12. One can only imagine how daddeeo would be handling it if that call went against his team. Unger was great and a terrific trade.

  13. @omeimontis
    Strength and conditioning was the key! Not everyone bought into it, but I can almost guarantee you the LTs will this time!

  14. All those early injuries just makes each season more and more painful. He’s never been anything but a class act so I’m sure this is just a quality of life decision.

  15. Thomas Davis of the Panthers blindsided Unger with a helmet to helmet shot in the 2018 game in Charlotte.
    Knocked him out and put him in the protocol.
    How was Davis not suspended for that?

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