Saints center Max Unger retires after 10 seasons

Saints center Max Unger retires after 10 seasons

As ESPN's Field Yates reported Saturday, veteran center Max Unger has retired from the National Football League at age 32, ending a 10-year career that included three Pro Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl championship. According to Yates, Unger is stepping away from the game.

None of those candidates, however, can easily replace Unger, who wound up becoming the biggest prize from the Saints' blockbuster trade with the Seattle Seahawks for tight end Jimmy Graham in 2015.

Unger's contract would have expired simultaneously with quarterback Drew Brees'.

Here's the news from Yates.

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Unger's previous two Pro Bowl nods came with the Seahawks, who drafted him in the second round out of OR in 2009.

The former Duck made the Pro Bowl in 2018 as a leader on the high-flying Saints offense. That would have been hard for the Saints to tackle even if backup passer Teddy Bridgewater was a sure thing to return in 2020 (he isn't), so the only silver lining here is that the Saints get a head start on finding Unger's replacement. The circumstances surrounding his retirement are unknown, but it's a shocking move from one of the game's best.

All of a sudden, the New Orleans Saints have a hole in the middle of their offensive line.

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