By John Boyle Herald Writer
With the contract he signed as a rookie set to expire following the 2012 season, Max Unger’s future with the Seattle Seahawks was up in the air.
That changed Wednesday, with the team announcing the center out of the University of Oregon has signed a multiyear extension.
“Pete (Carroll, the team’s head coach) and I are excited to lock up a young core leader on our offense,” general manager John Schneider said in a press release. “Max’s consistent and professional approach to his job transcends the locker room and the huddle.”
Unger, a second-round pick in 2009, started 16 games as a rookie at both center and guard, then missed all but one game in 2010 with a toe injury. Unger bounced back in 2011, starting 15 games while being arguably the Seahawks’ most consistent offensive lineman.
With Unger getting a new contract, every offensive lineman projected to open the season as a starter — Russell Okung, Paul McQuistan, Unger, John Moffitt and Breno Giacomini — plus tackle James Carpenter, who is likely to open the year on the physically unable to perform list, are under contract through at least the 2013 season.
“I am very happy about this new deal,” Unger said in a press release. “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 the both of us and I couldn’t be happier to be in Seattle.”