The highest-profile move the New Orleans Saints made this offseason was trading star tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks for center Max Unger and a first-round draft pick. That pick eventually became linebacker Stephone Anthony but it's Unger who the Saints are counting on to make a huge contribution to the team's success in 2015.
Unger, 6 feet 5 and 305 pounds, is entering his seventh NFL season out of Oregon. The Hawaii native has been named a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press in 2012 and a Pro Bowl selection in 2012 and 2013, helping the Seahawks to two Super Bowl appearances and a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees was sacked 29 times in 2014 and 37 in 2013, too many for a veteran quarterback so the Saints will be counting on Unger to help create a clean pocket for the team's franchise player.
Unger said it: "Everything's kind of coming together. The concepts are similar, but I'm being asked to do some little changes here and there. You know, you've been doing something for a little while, and then changing little steps here, a hand placement there, stuff like that … just kind of adjusting to that."
Associated Press photos of new New Orleans Saints center Max Unger.