By John Sigler
The New Orleans Saints were hit with a big loss when longtime center Max Unger opted to retire ahead of the 2019 season. Unger’s decision came in the midst of free agency and sent the Saints scrambling to find a replacement, with almost $7 million in salary cap savings in tow.
You can’t fault Unger for waiting until now to retire. Everybody has one of those days where they get out of bed and think to themselves, “I’m not going back to work.” Now, Unger is a little different from everyone else — he gets to retire to the family ranch on Oahu, the big island in Hawai’i, with several big NFL contracts in his pockets. Good for him.
That said: this puts the Saints in a tight spot. They have some projects to work with in backups Cameron Tom and Will Clapp, neither of whom played very well when they got on the field last season. All of the top free agent centers have already been snapped up: Matt Paradis signed with the division-rival Carolina Panthers (of course) and the Buffalo Bills snapped up a great player in Mitch...