Seahawks training camp begins July 31, and in our countdown to camp, we’ll answer a key question every day until the team is back on the field at the team’s facility in Renton.

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Seahawks training camp begins July 31, and in our countdown to camp, we’ll answer a key question every day until the team is back on the field at the team’s facility in Renton.

Today’s question: Who will replace Max Unger at center?

Center might be the Seahawks’ most competitive battle for a starting spot. Unger, the starter since 2010, was traded to New Orleans during the offseason in the Jimmy Graham deal.

As the spring ended, there appeared to be three candidates to replace him — Lemuel Jeanpierre, Drew Nowak and Patrick Lewis.

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Also in the running is Kristjan Sokoli. But given that he is a sixth-round draft pick who is making the switch to offense after playing defensive line in college, the odds seem slim.

The leader at the end of OTAs and minicamp was Jeanpierre, 28, who has been with the Seahawks since 2010 and is among the most veteran of Seattle’s offensive linemen.

Nowak ended the spring as maybe the most intriguing candidate. A defensive lineman at Western Michigan, he made the switch to the offensive line, with the Seahawks having become interested in his ability at center after watching him on the practice squad last season.

Lewis, entering his third season, started four games last year, including a victory at Arizona in which the Seahawks gained a franchise-record 596 yards against a defense some considered among the best in the NFL.

But Jeanpierre and Nowak appeared to get the bulk of the snaps with the starting unit in the OTAs and at the one minicamp practice open to the media, with Lewis also at times playing guard.

Given what we saw in the spring, the fact that the Seahawks are in a win-now mode and that experience is as vital at the center spot as any on the offensive line, Jeanpierre would seem to have the edge.

What we do know is that the battle might not last long. Offensive-line coach Tom Cable said in June that he anticipated deciding on a starter before the preseason ends.

Up next: Who will take over at nickelback?