The Seattle Seahawks solidified the team’s offensive line for the next two years by signing center Max Unger to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced this afternoon.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Selected in the second round of the 2009 draft by Seattle, Unger was in the final year of his rookie contract. With the signing, all five of Seattle’s projected starting offensive line are signed through the 2013 season.
“Pete and I are excited to lock up a young core leader on our offense,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said in a prepared statement. “Max’s consistent and professional approach to his job transcends the locker room and the huddle.”
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Unger began his career as a right guard while Chris Spencer served as Seattle’s center. But once the Seahawks let Spencer move on to Chicago last year, Unger assumed the center position, starting 15 games in 2011.
“I am very happy about this new deal,” said Unger. “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.”
Unger helped anchor a line that helped Marshawn Lynch lead the league with 941 rushing yards over the last nine weeks of the season.
With Unger signed, Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll likely will turn their attention to working with Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor on a contract extension. Chancellor is in the third year of a four-year rookie deal that will pay him a base salary of $490,000 in 2012.