Steve Keim was “shocked” when he saw Rodney Hudson would be released

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When news broke the Raiders were going to release center Rodney Hudson last week, it came as a surprise to many — including Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim.

“Well like everybody, I saw the news that he was potentially going to be released, which shocked me because of the type of player that I saw on tape,” Keim said during his Monday press conference.

So Keim hopped on the phone with his Raiders counterpart, Mike Mayock, and the two sides were able to finalize a trade for the three-time Pro Bowl center.

“We tried to pull the trigger extremely quick. It took a matter of minutes to get the deal done,” Keim said.

The Cardinals got Hudson and a seventh-round pick in exchange for a third-round pick, which is considerably more than the nothing Las Vegas would have gotten for releasing him. But Keim appears to feel Arizona got a player still in his prime with Hudson, who will turn 32 in July.

“I go back years ago to when I scouted him at Florida State and he’s still the same type of player that I saw there,” Keim said. “We had high grades across the board on him from [offensive line coach] Sean Kugler to our personnel department. So not only as a player what he brings to the table, but his leadership, the intangibles are really what excited us.”

5 responses to “Steve Keim was “shocked” when he saw Rodney Hudson would be released

  1. Craziest part is if the Cardinals hadn’t called the Raiders would have just released him and gotten nothing in return at all. Who releases a starter without putting out feelers to see if anybody is interested in a trade?

  2. Shocking that a team would release a declining veteran player just to save cap dollars … shocking. Why it’s never happened before.

  3. Seems like leaking upcoming personnel moves on social media is the quickest way to drum up realistic trade interest by teams that would like to pretend otherwise.

  4. Obviously, the Raiders put the statement out that they were going to release him but did not do it immediately, intentionally. It’s a way to let the league know he is available, requiring teams needing a center to offer a trade before he is released, as he would not be guaranteed to fall to them. It’s actually clever and certainly not the first time it has been done.
    Hudson was a great player for the Raiders, getting downfield on screens and taking out second level guys, great command of OLine, and a great pass blocker. But he is starting to decline and no longer gets the push up the middle like he used to, along with Jackson, now with the Seahawks. Who also incidentally also was announced as “being released” before he was traded.
    Clearing the large salaries and having younger replacements ready to take over (Raiders are high on James and Good who played well ready to take over at RG) is a smart decision, especially given the circumstances of this year’s decreased cap.

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