A difficult departure for former Seahawk Max Unger

Mar 13, 2015, 12:22 PM | Updated: 12:31 pm
Max Unger was one of Seattle’s longest-tenured players before he was traded to New Orleans th...
Max Unger was one of Seattle's longest-tenured players before he was traded to New Orleans this week. (AP)
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There’s only a few reasons that an NFL general manager would try to get a hold of one of his own players around this time of the year. So when Max Unger saw an incoming call from John Schneider on Tuesday, he figured the news wasn’t going to be good.

“I knew kinda that something was going down,” Unger told 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Danny Dave and Moore” Thursday, two days after being traded to New Orleans as part of the Jimmy Graham trade.

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Unger said has tried to remain positive about what is undoubtedly a very difficult departure, one that serves as a reminder that there’s a much less glamorous side to the NFL’s free-agency period than the superstar additions and the newly-minted millionaires. As excited as Graham seems to be about coming to Seattle, it was evident in listening to Unger that he’s just as bummed out about leaving.

“It’s been a tough couple days, no question,” he said.

And you can imagine why. Seattle is the only team that Unger has known since being drafted in the second round out of Oregon in 2009. In the six years since then he’s been a captain and the anchor of the Seahawks’ offensive line, received a lucrative contract extension and won a Super Bowl.

He looked back on his time in Seattle when asked what message he’d like to send to Seahawks fans as he moves on.

“I’ve gotten a chance to play in front of some of the best fans in the NFL and it’s all positive and I just can’t thank the 12th Man enough for all the support these last six years I’ve been able to spend there,” he said. “It’s been awesome and I look back on it with pretty fond memories.”

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