Cardinals extend C Rodney Hudson with three-year, $30M deal
Former Las Vegas Raiders center Rodney Hudson (61) reacts as he walks off the field following the game against the Miami Dolphins at Allegiant Stadium.  Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Cardinals furnished Rodney Hudson with a new deal after he was shipped from the Raiders to the Cardinals, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Originally believed to be a restructure, the center actually inked a brand new three-year, $30M contract.

Originally, Hudson was set to count for $9.9M in 2021. Now, he has two additional years worth $20.1M with $16M in total guarantees. For the Cardinals, that means a much more palatable $2.86M cap charge for 2021. Meanwhile, the trade left the Raiders with a $7M+ dead money charge.

Hudson, a three-time Pro Bowler, joins D.J. Humphries and Justin Pugh on the Cardinals offensive line. Last year, he graded out as the eighth-best center in the NFL per Pro Football Focus. Hudson came with a contract to match his résumé, but the cost of a third-round pick was well worth it for the Cardinals. He’s now set to take over for Mason Cole, who finished just 31st on PFF’s list.

This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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