Marvin Jones’ playing days have been over for some time, but now he’s ready to move into a leadership role.
The former Jets middle linebacker on Friday was named interim head coach of the Colorado Crush of the Indoor Football League, the IFL announced.
It’s a huge hole for the Saints, who relied on Unger, 30, to make their line calls.
In his place, fifth-year veteran Senio Kelemete — who has started 14 games over the past two years as a guard —could step up as Unger recovers, though former undrafted free agent Jack Allen is theoretically the next man on up the Saints’ depth chart.
NFL Network also noted that seven-time Pro Bowler Nick Mangold, who just turned 33, currently is available as a free agent.
Unger came to New Orleans two seasons ago as part of the huge trade with the Seahawks for tight end Jimmy Graham. The two-time Pro Bowl performer has started 31 of 32 games for the Saints and last season signed a three-year extension worth more than $22 million.
Harmon, a swing safety behind McCourty and Patrick Chung, increased his value as a solid nickel cover man last season. Because of that Belichick-style versatility, he was a must-keep despite how well McCourty and Chung are still playing, each at 29. It was much smarter to keep Harmon at $17 million over four years than Ryan at $30 million over three years.