After veteran center Max Unger decided to call it good on his NFL career yesterday, the Saints had a glaring hole that they needed to fill in the offensive line at the spot that is going to be snapping Drew Brees the ball, and it took the Saints all of one day to go out and fill the void at center, as they have agreed to a four-year, $24 million deal with Former Vikings offensive lineman Nick Easton. The move was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Now this move does come with some risk because Easton did miss all of last season after being place on IR on August 13th of last preseason, but in 2017 in 12 starts, Easton did see a bit of a breakout after starting his career as an undrafted free agent out of Harvard.
In those 12 starts in 2017, Easton did get called for eight penalties, which is a little bit higher of a rate than you would prefer, but overall it isn’t too bad and the great thing about this for New Orleans, is that Easton is capable of playing all of the interior line positions.
With that being said, he is likely to be the starting center after the retirement of Unger and really this feels like a nice, under-the-radar replacement the Saints have found. Unger only had an average year last year despite having a really nice NFL career and now they are getting a 26-year old, versatile lineman that has starting experience without paying him too much money.
Easton will need to work over the rest of the offseason to gain chemistry with Drew Brees after Unger had been the starting center in New Orleans for the past four seasons, having missed only one game during that time.
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