Since joining the Oakland Raiders as a free agent in 2015, Rodney Hudson established himself as one of the best centers in the game. This is why it isn’t surprising that Raiders want to lock him for years to come.
Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Raiders’ head coach Jon Gruden confirmed that the team has opened the contract extension talks with Hudson.
“I know [Raiders’ GM Mike Mayock] has talked to his agent,” – said Gruden. “I don’t want to get into specifics of those conversations, but we consider him a big piece of this franchise and we’re going to do everything we can to keep him here for a long time.”
Gruden also reflected on the fact that Hudson recently got his Master of Business and Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University.
“He has graduated from Pass Protection U and Run Blocking State, and now he has a Master’s degree in business,” – he added. “That just certifies what kind of guy you’re dealing with. He’s a great player on the field. He’s one of our captains and team leaders and is as tough a guy as we have. I’ve seen him play with kidney stones and various ailments. To get a Master’s degree is a huge accomplishment, and I’ll compliment him until the day’s end. He’s special.”
Rodney Hudson currently has one year left on his contract and is scheduled to earn $8.25 million in 2019. He restructured his deal in the last offseason, so it is expected that he will look to make up for the lost money with his new contract.
Since entering the league in 2011 as a second-round pick, Hudson played 112 games in NFL and had 96 starts. He earned two Pro Bowl appearances as well.