Raiders cut center Rodney Hudson

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Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson recently called center Rodney Hudson a very valuable piece of the Raiders’ offense. But apparently his value was something less than what was left of his contract.

Instead of keeping Hudson, the Raiders have released him, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The move is a big surprise, both because Hudson is a good player and because the move doesn’t actually help the Raiders’ cap situation, as they take on a slightly bigger dead cap hit than keeping Hudson would have cost. It’s possible the Raiders will designate Hudson a post-June 1 release, in which case about half of his dead cap hit will move to their 2022 cap.

The Raiders have now said goodbye to four of their five offensive line starters from 2020, with Hudson joining guards Richie Incognito and Gabe Jackson in getting cut. The Raiders also traded tackle Trent Brown to New England.

Rebuilding the offensive line is going to be a major offseason task for coach Jon Gruden and General Manager Mike Mayock.

Hudson is a three-time Pro Bowler who has spent the last six years with the Raiders. He’ll have plenty of suitors in free agency.

78 responses to “Raiders cut center Rodney Hudson

  1. After cutting their entire o-line, the raiders are planning to put up a bunch of folding chairs instead

  2. Mayock and Gruden aren’t building a team. They are constantly disassembling the Raiders. Why would they let 4 starters on the Offensive Line walk away? Why?

  3. Tom Cable is as good as any OLine coach in the game. I’m anxious to see their starting line, but I’m not worried. There’s free agency and a draft coming soon. They also have some decent depth. They’ll be ready week one.

  4. Ravens on line 1. The centers the Ravens currently have can’t even snap the ball

  5. I’m sure somebody will track it down, but what are the odds that Gruden the announcer said like a million times how important consistency was for an O-line?

  6. Chucky is just doing everything in his power to make Russell Wilson feel at home after the big trade goes down…

  7. Why? It just doesn’t make sense. They were known as one of the most solid offensive lines in the league.

  8. Yeah, the Raiders have jettisoned their entire offensive line. But hey Gruden has the most expensive backup quarterback in the league sitting on the bench so all is well in his warped $100 million world.

  9. This is bizarre. There has to be more to this that we don’t know about.

  10. Mayock is in over his head as a GM. Does anyone really think he is going to win a superbowl in Vegas?

  11. This came as a shock. I’m honestly wondering what the hell the Raiders are thinking. Our o-line was one of our strengths, and everyone knows Carr needs time to throw to be at his best. I really hope Gruden and Mayock know what they’re doing.

  12. James played very well when he filled in for Hudson. I hate to see Hudson go but the Raiders must have something big going down!?

  13. Wow so the rebuilding begins again what the hell is Gruden and only him because he’s the shot caller doing I gave him the benefit of the doubt on the Mack trade but since then he’s been rebuilding a 12 story building for three years and still not done with the first floor I can’t see how he’s making us better Aghlor, Hud and most of the O-line we probably went from 8-8 to a 5-11 team the 2021 season hasn’t even started and it feels like it’s over already to me smh….

  14. It’s difficult enough to replace one starter on the line but 4? Yea good luck with that.

  15. I don’t understand why you sign Yannick and then scrap your whole o-line. Are you trying to win or not? This seems like a teardown so I’m not sure why they’re adding premium pass rushers. If I was planning on doing this, I’m not signing Yannick and I’m trading Carr to Washington or Chicago and just completely rebuilding. Gruden doesn’t know how to build a roster and it shows.

  16. How mad would Raider fans be if Veach were somehow able to use his cap magic to bring Rodney Hudson back into the Chiefs fold? Nothing would surprise me during this off-season.

  17. Hahahaha! Different bozos running the show but same franchise ineptitude. Never get anywhere near a SB trophy again. Hope the memories from 1984 are still vivid…

  18. Cardinals will go get him after missing out on linsley. Get it done, Keim.

  19. They should’ve restructured his contract, as well as Gabe Jackson’s contract. Now I’m starting to get worried. I don’t like this move at all.

  20. Maybe they’re saving money to go back to Oakland where they belong and build a new stadium.

  21. I once legitimately thought the raiders would be a threat to KC I’m 2021…once.

  22. Anybody seeing the Gruden personnel decisions and why he got thrown out of Tampa years ago. Apparently, nothing changes!

  23. Stubborn Gruden doing work. This guy is a joke! Never liked the hire to begin with, and the results show. When is Mr. Davis going to realize Gruden is not the answer in today’s NFL?

  24. John Gruden should not be a GM. 3 capable starters gone on that line and little to show for it. Good luck to the backup QB in week 2

  25. I said it from the beginning, Gruden is not going to get it done. When he got rid of Mack and Cooper and undermined Carr’s stability it was the handwriting on the wall. What pro bowlers do the Raiders have that have replaced Mack and Cooper?

  26. josh plum says:
    March 16, 2021 at 3:06 pm
    Mayock is in over his head as a GM. Does anyone really think he is going to win a superbowl in Vegas?

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    Common knowledge that Mayock does not have final say in the personnel decisions. TBH, nobody is getting more unfairly criticized than him.

  27. “I’m not worried. There’s free agency and a draft coming soon. They also have some decent depth.”
    __________

    Gotta love the Kool Aid drinkers! Like any team is so deep they can lose 4/5 of the starters and be just great with the addition of some rookies and cheap free agents.

  28. Joey Bosa is going to have Carr for lunch. Derek is finally going to appreciate what his brother went through

  29. Hudson may have done something really stupid we haven’t heard of yet or he’s never leaving the building and cutting a re-signing him longer term is actually cheaper than the 2 million.

  30. What the actual hell? This has gone beyond Gruden’s incompetence. Mark Davis should sell the team. He hired a control freak that in a matter of two weeks turned this team’s biggest strength into a position of need. This is now the factory of sadness, Davis, Gruden, and Mayock are all in way over their heads and it’s starting to show.

  31. People keep saying we cut4/5 OL in one off-season. Trent brown played 4 games. Richie played in 2. Gabe Jackson was the #47 OG . Our back ups outplayed all of our starters except for kolton Miller. Our OL was getting old and waaayyy overpaid. We’re getting younger and faster and CHEAPER. Losing Hudson hurts because he’s been around for a while, but he wanted out and he didn’t play well last year.

  32. The Raiders are going to play 2021 like it’s street ball, where Derek will hike it to himself, the defenses will then go into their count one alligator, two alligator, three alligator before they rush. Hopefully they are just restructuring everyone’s contract with the cap dropping.

  33. Just saw this news as a fan for over 40 years i officially give up. WTF are you doing chucky?

  34. First of all, it appears there is some dead money from cutting him but it gives them $6.4M if they designate him a post June 1 cut. They might be hoping to use that money to be able to sign a couple of guys. Still, it does seem to be a strange move.

  35. Rumor is the Raiders are cash poor and can’t afford big money deals or players. Don’t know if it is true. Just what I heard.

  36. Any amount of actual info or even common sense is immediately dismissed just because it is Raiders. Arm chair GMs here are rarely,if ever, correct about anything. Just because you spend Sunday railing against the fantasy football gods doesn’t mean you have a clue to how the business works. How many of you talked trash about the Browns only to see them have a great season? How may Pats fans were banking on another post season of dominance just to end up seeing Newton auger into a crash landing? Yes, you are all correct. I’m sure Gruden n Mayock want nothing more than to have their guru status tarnished by them “dismantling” their team. 90% of these comments are easily nothing more than bandwagon bashing. Jags,Dolphins, and Washington are easily as bad off, dysfunctional, and lackluster teams yet they don’t get even half the low regard they deserve. AL Davis is dead folks so it’s OK to let that wound heal. At least ya have Mark’s hair to hate on when empty lives need filling.

  37. Gruden and Mayock remind me of Dr. Frankenstein and his loyal assistant, hunkered over the body on the operating table, screaming at each other “No, no, no! That must go here!”

  38. Raiders keep raidering. The off-season is usually their best season but it’s so bad they’re even messing that up. A top 3 Center in the league and you just let him walk, at what amounts to the same cap hit if you kept him?

    Sub .500 baby! Boise raiders coming 2026!!!

  39. Gruden would be so fired by now if hw worked for any of the other 31 Owners. I guess the man crush is strong in Marky Davis.

  40. Honestly, Hudson did not have a great year. He was far from dominating, he has taken a step back the last 2 seasons. Still hate the way he holds the ball pre snap too.
    I’ve played center in 200+ games, and coaches O-line. 2020 rodney wasn’t the same guy as 2018 rodney.

  41. Bottom line….this is all reflective of Mark Davis….Letting Chuck gut the team 100% of anything to do with Reggie…Carr is next.

  42. Remember when the Raiders laughed about stealing him from the Chiefs? How did that work out? LOL

  43. Untouchable I thought. You know what, his back up, James, didn’t miss a beat when he played for him. Plus there are so many good linemen floating around now due to salary-cap-hell-year, I bet they are taking a gift opportunity to reload and replace the monstrous o-line salaries they were committed to. They do have the pre-season to build chemistry, which would not have been the case last year. It’s risky but I get it.

  44. patrickmahomesblockedme says:
    March 16, 2021 at 4:36 pm
    Rumor is the Raiders are cash poor and can’t afford big money deals or players. Don’t know if it is true. Just what I heard.////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    I like all your posts BUT…. where did you hear this? Is it a report or like someone on Twitter? IT would be a bit concerning if an owner of a near billion dollar team couldn’t pay their bills.

  45. As stated here, by me, when the relocation was announced, “Vegas will eat the Raiders for breakfast!”

  46. Mark Davis: ok Jon I’m gonna give you 10 mil a year for 10 years to bring this team back to its glory days.. . .

    Jon: you got it mark, I’m gonna bring this team back to where we were in 2004-2016!

  47. Man, I really hate it when the season ends before training camp. THIS IS TOTAL BS!

  48. mroverfiend says:
    March 16, 2021 at 4:36 pm
    Any amount of actual info or even common sense is immediately dismissed just because it is Raiders. Arm chair GMs here are rarely,if ever, correct about anything. Just because you spend Sunday railing against the fantasy football gods doesn’t mean you have a clue to how the business works. How many of you talked trash about the Browns only to see them have a great season? How may Pats fans were banking on another post season of dominance just to end up seeing Newton auger into a crash landing? Yes, you are all correct. I’m sure Gruden n Mayock want nothing more than to have their guru status tarnished by them “dismantling” their team. 90% of these comments are easily nothing more than bandwagon bashing. Jags,Dolphins, and Washington are easily as bad off, dysfunctional, and lackluster teams yet they don’t get even half the low regard they deserve. AL Davis is dead folks so it’s OK to let that wound heal. At least ya have Mark’s hair to hate on when empty lives need filling.

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    This guy gets it!!!

  49. Rodney Hudson was probably the best player on the Raiders. But Hudson’s cardinal sin was that he was acquired by the prior management (McKenzie and Del Rio) and of course this was something that Gruden’s massive ego couldn’t live with.

    With the disassembling of the o-line the odds are better than even that Carr will get injured at some point during the 2021 season and the Raiders will win no more than 4 games.

    I could blame the ongoing Raiders disaster on Gruden but the real culpability lies with Son-of-Al who was the only owner in the league who wanted to bring the “coaching genius” back, threw 100 mil. guaranteed at him and gave him complete control of personnel. Son-of-Al is the worst owner in the NFL (if not all of pro sports).

  50. josh plum says:
    March 16, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Mayock is in over his head as a GM. Does anyone really think he is going to win a superbowl in Vegas?

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    Mayock is the GM in name only. Gruden has total control over ALL personnel decisions (trades, free agency, cuts, draft picks). That was the brainchild of the moronic owner.

  51. jjackwagon says:
    March 16, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Remember when the Raiders laughed about stealing him from the Chiefs? How did that work out? LOL

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    It worked out quite well. He played for the Raiders for six years, and played very well. He only missed four games, and probably allowed four sacks.

  52. Gruden has made the Raiders circus even more off the walls, keeps blaming the players

  53. Looks like Rappaport and this reporter were way from base. He was traded for draft capital. If you recall, the backups played just as well when the starters were hurt.

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