The Raiders have some extra room to work with in 2020, thanks to Rodney Hudson. On Wednesday, the center agreed to convert $11.6MM of his base salary into a completely guaranteed roster bonus to carve out $9.28MM in additional space, as Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets.
As part of the revised deal, Hudson will add two void years to his deal. In essence, this changes very little for the multiple time Pro Bowler while allowing the Raiders to kick the can down the road a bit with regards to the salary cap. Hudson’s deal – the “real” part of it – runs through 2022.
After spending his first four seasons with the Chiefs, Hudson joined the Raiders on a five-year, $44.5MM free agent deal in 2015. Last summer, he inked a three-year, ~$34MM extension to reset the market at his position. Since joining the Raiders, Hudson has started in all 76 of his games en route to three Pro Bowl nods. Last year, he graded out as the league’s No. 13 ranked center but he’s placed much higher in the past.
True to the Las Vegas spirit, the Raiders have already spent plenty of cash this offseason by signing free agents like linebackers Cory Littleton, Nick Kwiatkoski, defensive tackle Maliek Collins, and edge rusher Carl Nassib. Now, they have even more coin for the later FA waves, both before and after the draft. And, as of this writing, they hold two first round picks and five of the first 91 overall picks.
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