The Seahawks and their Center, Max Unger, have agreed to a contract extension. The figures of the deal have not been released but what is certain is that Unger will be in Seattle past his initial rookie season contract.
Unger was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2009 NFL Draft as a Guard. Day one of his first camp, Unger was asked to learn how to play Center and he did, well enough in fact to become the Seahawks’ starting Center in 2011.
“I am very happy about this new deal,” Unger said. “We have a developing young line that had some success last year that we can build upon this season. It’s a good deal for both of us and I couldn’t be happier to be in Seattle.”
When the Seahawks selected Unger in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Cable was head coach of the Oakland Raiders. But he got to renew his appreciation for Unger’s talents last season after joining the Seahawks as assistant head coach/offensive line coach.
“When I got here, we made some decisions – in terms of people that were here; those who weren’t going to be; and those that were, but were they in the right spot,” Cable said recently. “I kind of just drew on my past with Max.
“I thought three years ago when he came out that he’d be a terrific center. So we put him there from Day One and his development has been second to none on this team.”
That is why the club is so glad to have Unger signed beyond the rookie contract he signed after being the 49th player selected in the ’09 draft.
“Pete (Carroll) and I are excited to lock up a young core leader on our offense,” general manager John Schneider said in the release announcing the signing. “Max’s consistent and professional approach to his job transcends the locker room and the huddle.”
Last season, Unger was a vital part of an injury-ravaged line that helped Marshawn Lynch put up career-best totals in rushing yards (1,204) and touchdowns (13) – including a league-high 941 rushing yards over the last nine games.