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Originally published Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 7:25 PM

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Seahawks make Max Unger one of NFL's best-paid centers

Unger started 15 games at center last season once Tom Cable became the Seahawks' line coach.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Max Unger's role as a centerpiece of Seattle's offensive line was solidified this week as the Seahawks announced a contract extension for the former second-round pick.

No terms were announced other than a multiyear deal, but it's expected to make Unger one of the best-paid centers in the NFL.

The timing is important to note, too, coming before Unger starts the final year of a four-year contract he signed after being drafted out of Oregon in 2009. He is the only Seahawks offensive lineman to arrive before Pete Carroll became coach in 2010.

"Pete and I are excited to lock up a young core leader on our offense," general manager John Schneider said in a release. "Max's consistent and professional approach to his job transcends the locker room and the huddle."

Unger, 26, was drafted as a center, but saw his first action in 2009 at guard, starting 13 games before moving to center. He played guard in 2010, but suffered a season-ending foot injury in the opener. He started 15 games at center last season once Tom Cable became the team's line coach.

"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's extension comes one day after the Seahawks announced a new deal for defensive end Chris Clemons. They are the first Seahawks to sign extensions a year before their contracts ended in Carroll's tenure.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com.

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