Raiders to sign C Rodney Hudson

ByESPN.com news services
March 09, 2015, 11:30 AM

— -- The Oakland Raiders and Rodney Hudson have agreed to a five-year, $44.5 million contract that will make him one of the NFL's highest-paid centers, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's Bill Williamson.

The deal was reported earlier Monday by the NFL Network.

Hudson, 25, was graded by Pro Football Focus as best among Chiefs offensive linemen in 2014 and also was PFF's third-rated center in the league.

Hudson joined the Chiefs in 2011 as a second-round draft pick from Florida State and became their full-time starting center in 2013. Hudson sat out most of 2012 with a leg injury but has been durable since.

His lone missed start over the past two seasons was the final regular-season game of 2013, when the Chiefs rested many of their starters.

ESPN.com Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher contributed to this report.

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