The New Orleans Saints have decided to continue with Max Unger directing their offensive line.
Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting that the Saints have signed Unger to a three year extension, averaging more than $7 million per year.
He was acquired in 2015 along with a first-round pick from the Seattle Seahawks, and they traded tight-end freak, Jimmy Graham to the Pacific Northwest.
The Saints were so impressed with Unger he was voted by the coaches as the team’s offensive MVP last season. He started all 16 games at center.
Unger was drafted by the Seahawks out of the University of Oregon in 2009. He was a pro bowler in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, and was named NFL all-first team center in 2012.
The Saints offense was not the same last year. The stars from their Super Bowl championship are either aging or no longer with the team. Graham was getting older, but he was probably the most explosive player on their offense.
Trading him and drafting linebacker Stephone Anthony showed that the Saints may be getting away from their high flying reputation.
Drew Brees throwing for 40 or more touchdowns three seasons in a row was an unheard of feat. He obviously couldn’t sustain that protection, and maybe it’s time for them to imitate Louisiana’s other team in Baton Rouge.