On Saturday afternoon, ESPN NFL insider Field Yates shocked the NFL world when he announced New Orleans Saints center Max Unger is set to retire. According to Yates, Unger is stepping away from the game.
It’s a shocking announcement, especially considering Unger had one year left on his contract. At just 32 years old, Unger is one of the best young lineman in the game.
Not only are the Saints losing a three-time Pro Bowler, Unger was one of the leaders within the New Orleans organization.
Here’s the news from Yates.
Source: Saints C Max Unger has retired. Wow.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 16, 2019
The Seattle Seahawks drafted Unger in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft out of Oregon. Unger became an All-American during the 2008 college football season.
After becoming a two-time Pro Bowler and getting named to the All-Pro team in 2012, the Seahawks traded Unger and a first-round pick to the Saints for tight end Jimmy Graham.
The former Duck made the Pro Bowl in 2018 as a leader on the high-flying Saints offense.
Unger turns 33 years old before the start of the 2019 season. The circumstances surrounding his retirement are unknown, but it’s a shocking move from one of the game’s best.
New Orleans will now have to address a sizable hole on its offensive line.