Raiders make Rodney Hudson highest-paid center in NFL history

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The Oakland Raiders have traded away Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper and Kelechi Osemele in the last year, but they’ll be retaining at least one past Pro Bowler going forward.

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The Raiders announced Friday they had signed Rodney Hudson to an extension, reported by ESPN to be worth three years and $33.4 million. That $11.13 million annual salary will make Hudson the highest-paid center in NFL history.

Hudson was previously set to hit free agency after this season.

Just behind Hudson on the leaderboard are the Buffalo Bills’ Mitch Morse ($11.125 million), the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey ($11 million) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Ryan Jensen ($10.5 million), per Over The Cap.

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 30: Oakland Raiders center Rodney Hudson (61) looks to block after the snap in the first quarter of an NFL game between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs on December 30, 2018 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO.  (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Rodney Hudson has been one of the NFL's top offensive linemen in the last few years. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Hudson’s deal continues a trend of the Raiders investing heavily in the offensive line. The team drafted UCLA tackle Kolton Miller 15th overall last year, then gave former New England Patriots tackle Trent Brown the largest contract for an offensive lineman in NFL history.

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With another record contract, the Raiders will keep Hudson on board as they try to finally make an ascent in the AFC west.

The numbers paint a favorable picture for Hudson, who is well-regarded as a locker room leader, as one of the NFL’s top linemen.

Hudson joined the Raiders in 2015 on a five-year, $44.5 million contract, which turned out to be quite a good value. Hudson previously played for the Kansas City Chiefs, who drafted him out of Florida State in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft.

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