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Max Unger | Center | #60

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/14/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 305
College: Oregon
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (49) / SEA
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Coach Sean Payton confirmed C Max Unger (foot) won't play in Sunday's preseason game.
Unger returned to practice this week, but was "extremely limited." The Saints plan on playing him in either the third or fourth preseason game. Barring a setback, Unger should be ready for Week 1. Aug 19 - 2:21 PM

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Saints coach Sean Payton said C Max Unger (foot) is "on schedule" for the third preseason game.

Unger returned to a limited practice Monday, and it sounds like he could ramp up activity even further in the near future. Unless he suffers a setback, he will be ready to go Week 1.
Aug 14 - 12:15 PM

Saints C Max Unger (foot) got in a limited practice Monday.

Unger was in pads and got in some work before leaving for a side field. The Saints will certainly take it slow with their starting center, but getting in work this early suggests he will be ready to go well before Week 1. With LT Terron Armstead out until at least October with a shoulder injury, that is a welcome development.
Aug 14 - 11:19 AM

Saints placed C Max Unger (foot) and LT Terron Armstead (shoulder) on the active/PUP.

Neither move is a surprise. Armstead will open the season on the reserve/PUP after undergoing shoulder surgery in June, and he will likely be out until October. Unger is expected to be ready for Week 1.
Jul 24 - 1:06 PM

Saints C Max Unger (Lisfranc) said he's aiming for a Week 1 return.

Unger required foot surgery in May and was initially billed questionable for the start of the season. That talk has quieted down considerably, with coach Sean Payton saying last month that he expects Unger to be back late in the preseason. Unger doesn't require preseason work as a ninth-year veteran, but it would be nice. Either way, it sounds like he'll be ready for real games.
Jun 14 - 3:09 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton expects C Max Unger (foot surgery) to return by Week 3 of the preseason.

Pro Football Talk reported as much earlier in the week. The timeline gives him a couple week cushion to be ready for the start of the season even if he suffers a minor setback in camp. Senio Kelemete is expected to get the first-team work at center while Unger is sidelined.
May 13 - 1:42 PM

Pro Football Talk reports the Saints expect C Max Unger (foot surgery) to return during the preseason.

Unger underwent foot surgery over the weekend. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Unger is doubtful for Week 1, but the Saints are apparently more optimistic. If New Orleans does expect him back during training camp, they are unlikely to seek out a short-term replacement option via trade.
May 9 - 11:19 AM

Saints C Max Unger underwent foot surgery this past weekend and remains questionable for the start of the season.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport called Unger doubtful for Week 1, but Saints beat writers say it's too early to make that claim. Unger dealt with a foot issue last season and finally needed surgery to fix it. The Saints may explore outside options to replace Unger at the pivot. The Eagles have dangled C Jason Kelce in trade talks before.
May 8 - 11:42 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Saints C Max Unger injured his foot and is expected to miss the start of the season.

The nature of the injury isn't yet known, but it sounds like Unger has a broken foot or Lisfranc injury. The Saints let top backup Tim Lelito walk as a free agent, so there isn't a clear replacement for Unger. Senio Kelemete may make the most sense, or the Saints could explore a trade. Veteran Nick Mangold is still on the free-agent market after his release by the Jets.
May 8 - 9:54 AM

Saints signed C Max Unger to a three-year extension through 2019.

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the new deal is worth "north" of $7 million per year. Headed into his age-30 campaign, Unger graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 9 center last season after coming over in a trade from the Seahawks. Despite the solid 2015, it's a bit surprising the Saints are locking up a 30-year-old pivot through the next four seasons.
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 09:49:00 PM

The Saints have interest in an extension for C Max Unger.

Unger's in the final season of a five-year, $25.5 million deal signed in 2012. The Saints view him as more than a short-term rental after trading Jimmy Graham for him and could free up cap space with an extension. 29-year-old Unger regressed with his run blocking last year, but graded as PFF's No. 7 pass-blocking center.
Sat, Mar 26, 2016 03:07:00 PM

Saints acquired C Max Unger and the No. 31 overall pick in the 2015 draft in exchange for TE Jimmy Graham and a 2015 fourth-round pick.

Unger, 29 next month, was Pro Football Focus' No. 4 center last season, displaying dominance as a run blocker. He'll now pave lanes for Mark Ingram in New Orleans. Unger is entering the fourth year of a five-year, $25.5 million deal. The Saints were in desperate need of a center with Jonathan Goodwin a free agent and no real replacement on the roster. Trading Graham to fill this need is a highly questionable move by GM Mickey Loomis. At least he also gets a first-round pick.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 03:52:00 PM

Seahawks C Max Unger (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Unger missed the final six weeks of the season with a high-ankle sprain, but was able to return for the Divisional round. He appears to have escaped the game without any setbacks, and will be ready to rock against the Packers.
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 08:17:00 PM

Seahawks C Max Unger (ankle) is active for the Divisional Round against the Panthers.

Jermaine Kearse (hamstring) is also active. Unger has been sidelined since Week 11. His return is a big boost for Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks' running game. Inactive for the Seahawks are TE Tony Moeaki, S Jeron Johnson, CB Marcus Burley, OG Lemuel Jeanpierre, OG Keavon Milton, DT Landon Cohen and WR Kevin Norwood.
Sat, Jan 10, 2015 06:59:00 PM

Seahawks C Max Unger (high-ankle sprain) is expected to be ready for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Panthers.

Unger has been sidelined since Week 12, and made just two appearances since Week 5. He's one of the league's better centers when healthy, so it's a nice boost for the defending champions.
Tue, Jan 6, 2015 04:00:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Chase Daniel
3Taysom Hill
RB1Mark Ingram
2Alvin Kamara
3Daniel Lasco
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Alvin Kamara
3RB1Mark Ingram
2Alvin Kamara
FB1Zach Line
WR11Michael Thomas
2Willie Snead
3Tommylee Lewis
WR21Ted Ginn
2Brandon Coleman
3Austin Carr
WR31Willie Snead
TE1Coby Fleener
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
LT1Terron Armstead
2Ryan Ramczyk
LG1Andrus Peat
C1Max Unger
2Josh LeRibeus
RG1Larry Warford
RT1Ryan Ramczyk
2Bryce Harris
3Senio Kelemete
K1Wil Lutz