Seattle ink Unger to multi-year extension
This comes off of the heels of signing Tackle Breno Giacomini to a 2-year extension in February, and having projected starters at Tackle Russell Okung, and Guards Paul McQuistan and John Moffitt all returning to build off of a season that saw the unit rank 5th in the league in rushing yards with 1,212 yards.
A move was made to Centre by Offensive Line Coach Tom Cable, and the ‘Hawks haven’t looked back. The new deal reportedly puts Unger up amongst the highest paid Centers in the league.
A recent article on RotoWorld.com ranked the NFL offensive lines and had Seattle ranked 25th. The piece went onto say “Seattle has a long way to go to reach its full line potential.” Unger and the rest of his fellow linemen will be out to proove this ranking WRONG in 2012.
The move by Pete Carroll and John Schneider says a lot about where the Seahawks think Unger is in terms of his development, and where he can go from here.
Carroll has spoken about Unger’s consistent and professional approach and leadership, and Tom Cable has thrown praise onto his Center for being one of his most solid performers.
With the anchor in the middle stabilized, the ‘Hawks can expect the rest of the O-linemen to continue to gel, and hope that any injury issues going into this new season are behind them (Unger missed much of the 2010-11 season with a toe injury).
The 6’5”, 305 lb player is just 26, and his best days should be ahead of him.
In his college years with the Oregon Ducks, he was named to the Pac-10 first team on two occasions. In 2008, he was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to the player considered to be the best Center in all of college football.
This deal come off of the heels of the Seahawks coming to terms on a deal with Defensive End Chris Clemons, and shows that the Seahawks are willing to reward players that they see fitting into their system, and are committed to trying to keep core players along their lines to provide stability.
That stability could be tested once the team figures out if the league will be suspending Running Back Marshawn Lynch for any amount of time for his DUI earlier this month.
For now, with Unger firmly entrenched in the spot that saw him dominate at the college level, his comfort level in the NFL should only grow.
Unger has stated that he couldn’t be happier to have signed the deal to remain in Seattle for years to come.
It certainly looks like the Seahawks are just as happy to have him.