After swinging and missing on a handful of free-agent luminaries, the Oakland Raiders have landed their center of the future.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the team is expected to sign Rodney Hudson to a five-year deal worth $44.5 million, per a source informed of the situation.
Oakland was expected to make waves in free agency as a potential deep-pockets landing spot for defensive behemoth Ndamukong Suh and premier pass-catchers Julius Thomas and Randall Cobb. Cobb is staying in Green Bay, while Suh and Thomas are expected to land elsewhere when the open market launches on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.
Hudson won't sell tickets like Suh, but he helps fill an overt need for a Raiders team with plenty of gaps to plug.