Oakland Raiders sign C Rodney Hudson

The Raiders made Rodney Hudson the highest paid center in the NFL with this move, giving him 44.5 million over 5 years. Last off-season, Alex Mack and Maurkice Pouncey got 42 and 44 million respectively over the same time period in then record breaking deals. Hudson is a good center, but he’s not worth this kind of money. He’s not the best center in the NFL. He was Pro Football Focus’ 3rd ranked center last year, but he’s a one-year wonder in terms of showing that level of play.

Hudson flashed on 136 snaps in various positions as a 2nd round rookie in 2011, before moving to center full-time in 2012. However, Hudson played just 3 games that year before going down for the season, though he showed well when healthy. Since then, he’s made all 32 starts over the past 2 seasons, grading out 17th among centers in 2013 and 3rd in 2014. He’s a solid player and one of the better centers in the game, but this is an overpay, even for a team like the Raiders with tons of money to spend and not a lot of talent.

Grade: C+

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