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.