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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints center Max Unger said health was a big reason for his decision to retire after he had been dealing with a long-term lower body injury. “I didn't think I could make it through another season,” said the 10-year veteran, who said his doctor recommended a surgery that would have sidelined him for most of the offseason. Unger made the Pro Bowl this past season but didn't think he was still playing up to his standard, which is a “tough pill to swallow.” And he said he knew from experience that his performance was affected in 2017 when he missed most of the summer because of foot surgery. Unger said he made his decision in the last month or so and let the Saints know in plenty of time before the start of free agency.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Max Unger's surprise retirement over the weekend invites a look back at the Seahawks' ill-fated 2015 decision to send him to New Orleans in the Jimmy Graham trade. Unger had just finished his age-28 season with two Pro Bowls and a First-Team All-Pro selection on his resume. But the Seahawks thought his best days were behind him after injuries had sidelined him for three games in 2013 and 10 games in 2014. Unger missed only one game over four years in New Orleans, earned an extension and made it back to the Pro Bowl after last season. That trade tends to be defined in most observers' eyes by Graham's up-and-down tenure in Seattle, but the Unger aspect of the move proved to be one of the bigger personnel miscalculations of the John Schneider-Pete Carroll era.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins re-signed receiver Brian Quick, whom they cut last November. His agent tweeted the news. The Redskins clearly like him enough to keep bringing him back as veteran depth insurance; he's good with the younger receivers. But there's never a guarantee that he'll make the final roster and that won't be any different this summer. The Redskins just don't have a lot at receiver right now. Two wideouts -- Paul Richardson and Robert Davis -- are coming off major injuries. Two others -- Cam Sims and Trey Quinn -- both had ankle issues that landed them on injured reserve. Quick enables them to have a veteran in the offseason who knows the offense. The Redskins could always sign another wideout who would be viewed as more than just roster spot competition as well as draft one. The second round could be a sweet spot for receivers.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

As free agency enters Week 2 today, the Cardinals have been busy, signing nine players and trading for another. Here's a recap of the Cardinals' moves. They traded for OL Marcus Gilbert, and signed LB Terrell Suggs, QB Brett Hundley, LB Jordan Hicks, WR Kevin White, OL Max Garcia, G J.R. Sweezy, TE Charles Clay, LB Brooks Reed and CB Robert Alford.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

The Seahawks will host receiver Jordy Nelson on a free-agent visit Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. As Shefter noted, GM John Schneider has long had an affinity for Nelson having been in the Packers' front office when they drafted him in 2008. The Seahawks were interested in Nelson last year before he signed with the Raiders, who released him last week. Nelson's numbers in Oakland -- 63 catches, 739 yards, three touchdowns in 15 games -- suggest he still has something left as he approaches his 34th birthday in May. Receiver figured to be an area of interest for the Seahawks with Doug Baldwin coming off two surgeries. Nelson is 6-3, 217 pounds and Seattle has no proven receiving options with that type of size other than Jaron Brown, whose spot on the roster does not seem assured. Brown is set to make a non-guaranteed $2.75 million in salary next season. Signing Nelson wouldn't affect Seattle's compensatory pick formula because he was released. Per Schefter, the other teams interested in Nelson include the Patriots, Chiefs, Titans and Raiders.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chiefs addressed their biggest remaining positional need by signing cornerback Bashaud Breeland. Among their top three cornerbacks from last season, Steven Nelson signed with the Steelers as a free agent and the Chiefs have shown no interest in re-signing Orlando Scandrick. The Chiefs also have two younger cornerbacks in Charvarius Ward and Tremon Smith but they can plug Breeland in as one starter along with Kendall Fuller. Corner still remains a position to watch for the Chiefs in the draft but it's no longer a necessity.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers are losing CB Bashaud Breeland, who is signing with the Chiefs, a source told ESPN. Breeland would've given the Packers another veteran presence in the secondary but in Kansas City he has the chance to be the No. 1 corner where as in Green Bay he would've been behind Jaire Alexander and Kevin King.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Gettleman on the Odell Beckham Jr. trade said it was because it was in the best interest of the New York Giants. Specified it was a "football decision." Nothing more to it. Gettleman also said Giants only called out to Bills. The 49ers and Browns called them to make offers.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Spencer Ware is visiting the Lions today according to Adam Schefter. Ware would give the Lions some running back help in a room led by Kerryon Johnson. Zach Zenner re-signed earlier this free agency period and the team also has Theo Riddick as a pass-catching back. Whether it is Ware or someone else, the Lions are likely to add more running back help this offseason.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Busy day for ex-Packers WRs on the free-agent visit circuit: Randall Cobb is visiting the Cowboys today, according to ESPN's Todd Archer, while Jordy Nelson is scheduled to meet with the Seahawks, says Adam Schefter. The Packers are going to need at least one new receiver, and they would probably prefer it be someone who can play in the slot.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys are hosting free-agent wide receiver Randall Cobb at The Star today, according to a source. With the departure of Cole Beasley, the Cowboys are looking for help at slot receiver and Cobb can also play on the outside. In eight years in Green Bay, he had 470 catches for 5,524 yards and 44 touchdowns. He turns 29 in August.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran safety Antoine Bethea's deal is for two years and $6.5 million. He has $3.225 million guaranteed, which is essentially the first year. Then 2020 is considered an option year.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

One potential holdup/slow-down with free-agent punter Ryan Allen (Patriots) from last week is that he changed agents. Allen's new agent is Chris Gittings of OneWest Sports. Perhaps that sparks some movement on Allen's free-agent status.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants bringing back Cody Latimer has their receiving corps right now looking similar to the end of last year, with the exception Golden Tate replacing Odell Beckham Jr. Obviously that's a significant difference, but the Giants were encouraged about the way they ended the season offensively without Beckham in the lineup.