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Raiders sign center Rodney Hudson to multi-year contract extension

Raiders sign center Rodney Hudson to multi-year contract extension

Raiders coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock clearly see their offensive line as a priority, as the Raiders are extending starting center Rodney Hudson, the Raiders announced Friday.

The elite center signed a three year extension worth $33.75 million, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area.  

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, who first reported the news, said the deal included $24.4 million in guarantees, with significant payouts after the team moves to Nevada, where there is no state income tax. His 2019 salary becomes fully guaranteed, with an option to lock down the remaining guarantees during the 2020 waiver period.

The extension has been in the works for a long time, and one that always seemed inevitable. Head coach Jon Gruden loves Hudson's work ethic, football smarts and physical skill, often calling him the team's best player. Hudson is underrated among the common fan, but is widely respected by his peers and opposing teams. Hudson can be quiet but is the offensive line's unquestioned leader and a longtime team captain. 

Hudson has been an excellent pass protector from the middle. He allowed just one quarterback hit and four other pressures in 2018. He has allowed just one sack in his last 2,678 snaps. 

This marks Hudson's second huge contract with the Raiders. He originally joined the Raiders in 2015 on a five-year, $44.5 million deal, and has made two Pro Bowls since. 

Raiders' Mike Mayock says move to Las Vegas beneficial for free agency

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Raiders' Mike Mayock says move to Las Vegas beneficial for free agency

Las Vegas has long been a city where Americans go to escape the mundane aspects of their lives and dive head-first into the debauchery and freedoms that come with “Sin City.”

Once the 2020 NFL season kicks off, there will be a new mode of entertainment for those who descend on The Strip, as the Raiders will open up play at Allegiant Stadium and re-brand as the Las Vegas Raiders.

Primarily known as a vacation destination, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock is confident the organization’s new zip code can help attract some of the best free agents the NFL has to offer.

“I think first and foremost, we go from a 13-percent state tax in California to a zero-percent state tax in Nevada,” Mayock told Raiders.com's Eddie Paskal. “The players and their agents are very aware of that.”

In addition to the financial savings, Mayock says the new digs for the Silver and Black will be on par with the best organizations in the NFL.

“I've heard more comments about what our new stadium looks like. You know, that black exterior, the sleekness of it. People are fired up about the Raiders in Vegas.

“I think there's a real excitement about Jon Gruden leading the Raiders into Las Vegas and it extends financially, extends to our facilities, we're gonna be a first-rate operation in every single facet and I think that energy will trickle through into free agency.”

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Will free agents indeed flock to Vegas to join Gruden and what was a 7-9 team in 2019?

The front office certainly thinks so.

Police: Antonio Brown a suspect in alleged battery outside Florida home

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Police: Antonio Brown a suspect in alleged battery outside Florida home

Free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown is a suspect in a felony battery case stemming from an alleged incident outside his Hollywood, Fla. home.

Brown and his trainer, Glen Holt, allegedly battered the driver of a moving truck, Hollywood police said Tuesday.

Holt was charged with one count of felony burglary and one count of felony battery. Police attempted to speak to Brown regarding the situation but were unsuccessful.

Police hoped to contact Brown in order to determine whether to bring battery charges against him.

The receiver hasn’t played since Week 2 of the NFL regular season after being released by the New England Patriots. Prior to that, Brown spent training camp with the Raiders before demanding his release following a bizarre sequence of confrontations with management.