With free agency officially kicking off earlier this week many roster changes have happened to rosters league wide. Not a team choice, but a move that came rather unexpected today is the retirement of center Max Unger. He came to the Saints in a 2015 trade of Jimmy Graham from the Seahawks. He may not have provided the excitement of Jimmy Graham stats, but he definitely contributed allowing running backs and Drew to do their jobs successfully. He will be missed, but with that said the cliché “next man up” comes to mind.
Already in house is Cameron Tom and Will Clapp. Both of whom have had experience playing guard and center positions. They have upside, but are both young, so question is do coaches trust them for a full NFL season protecting one of the best players behind center in the league.
Seeing as free agency has already started, some veterans have already been signed to rosters, which could mean Tom and Clapp could be the best options as of right now with some type of experience. Still available Free Agents include Nick Easton (who visited the Saints earlier this week), John Sullivan, and Stefan Wisniewski.
Another route for filling the void/bringing in competition is the NFL Draft.
Potential Centers in Draft:
Erik Mccoy, Texas A&M
Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina State
Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State
Michael Jordan(insert MJ23 joke), Ohio State
Michael Dieter, Wisconsin
That is just to name to name a few options. There are a million directions the Saints could go with the loss of Max Unger. The loss of Max Unger also creates about $7 million in cap space. So don’t be afraid to see any significant signed soon.