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Report: Raiders reach deal with Rodney Hudson

Seattle Seahawks v Kansas City Chiefs

Seattle Seahawks v Kansas City Chiefs

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The Raiders are spending big to lure away the top center in free agency from a division rival.

Oakland has reached a five-year, $44.5 million contract with Chiefs center Rodney Hudson, Jason La Canfora of CBS reported Monday morning.

The 25-year-old Hudson is PFT’s 23rd-ranked free agent.

For Oakland, the Hudson deal would be a nice victory after other presumed free agent targets have seemingly turned their attention elsewhere. For Kansas City, the loss of Hudson is a setback after striking a potential deal with wideout Jeremy Maclin Sunday night.

Hudson’s pending arrival in Oakland all but closes the door on center Stefen Wisniewski’s return to the club. Wisniewski, like Hudson, is in his prime, so he should be able to find a good job elsewhere.