By Roy Anderson
On Saturday afternoon, Mar. 16, Saints center Max Unger announced he’s retiring. It’s hard to tell if this was a surprise for the Saints, but it was for fans and the media.
Late Saturday afternoon, Mar. 16, Saints center Max Unger announced that he’s retiring from football. For those inside the organization, this may not be as much of a shock as it has been for the media and Saints fans.
Unger just completed his tenth year in the league having spent the first six years of his career in Seattle and the last four in New Orleans. He came to New Orleans in 2015 in what was considered an absolutely crazy trade at the time. The trade sent hugely successful tight end Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round draft pick to Seattle in exchange for Unger and the 31st pick in that year’s draft. For the Saints, that 31st pick in the 2015 NFL Draft turned out to be Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony. Anthony is considered to be one of the Saints bigger draft busts.
Not to try to read too much into it, but Sean Payton has been talking about the need to find depth on the interior of the offensive line for a few weeks, calling it a priority going into free agency. But that was the part of the offensive line in 2018 that did have depth. The Saints had to go out on the street to bring in two tackles to play at various points in the...