The Oakland Raiders have reached a contract extension with center Rodney Hudson for three-years and $33.4 million, with $24.4 guaranteed. The extension makes Hudson the highest-paid center in the league, based on yearly average.
Hudson will now average $11.13 million a season, placing him in an exclusive club of only three centers who average at least $11 million per season. The list includes Hudson, the Buffalo Bills’ Mitch Morse at $11.125 million and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey at $11 million per season.
The Raiders are proving that they can consistently invest money in the right places. In recent memory, they’ve invested heavily in their offensive line, proving their top priority is protecting quarterback Derek Carr and helping him to create opportunities for their offense. The Raiders previously signed right tackle Trent Brown to the richest contract in NFL history for an offensive lineman at $66 million over four years, with $36.75 million guaranteed. They also spent a draft pick in 2018 on left tackle Kolton Miller.
According the Pro Football Focus, Hudson’s career pass-blocking efficiency is 99.2 and his run-blocking grade is 94.8, which ranks as the highest in both categories for centers since Pro Football Focus started assigning grades. The 6-foot-2, 315-pound center has proved to be the best at his position, playing all 48 games that he’s been available for the Raiders. The best ability is availability. During that span of 48 games, Hudson has only allowed one sack, making him a personal favorite of head coach Jon Gruden.
The two-time pro bowler played 1,074 snaps and only gave up one quarterback hit and four quarterback hurries, only allowing one sack. He has proved to be a valuable part of a Raider organization that is trying to dig itself out of the depths of NFL mediocracy and become a relevant contender.