Raiders Free up Cap Space by Restructuring Rodney Hudson's Contract and Big Move Could Be Coming

Rodney Hudson
Raiders offensive lineman Rodney Hudson | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

In one swift move on Wednesday, the Las Vegas Raiders indicated that they could be preparing to make another big splash.

ESPN insider Field Yates confirmed that the Raiders reshuffled the contract of star offensive lineman Rodney Hudson for the 2020 season. The franchise altered $11.6 million of Hudson's base salary into a fully-guaranteed roster bonus.

Per Yates, the move saves Las Vegas $9.28 million in cap space. That suggests Mike Mayock and Co. could be gearing up for something ambitious.

Hudson's deal was set to last through the 2022 campaign, and the Raiders adding two void years to his contract will stretch out the cap hit. The 30-year-old vet, who was a Second Team All-Pro last season, originally signed a three-year, $33.75 million contract extension in 2019 that included $24 million guaranteed.

This marks the second time in three years that Hudson has welcomed the Raiders tinkering with his contract to create more cap room, further proving that he's one of the most self-effacing professionals that the NFL has to offer.

Las Vegas has already made a handful of moves in free agency, and with more issues to address, you have to think that Mayock is looking to spend additional money. Further, the Raiders hold two first round picks in this year's draft, including five of the first 91 overall selections. Mayock could even get a little crazy if he wanted.

Stay tuned, Raiders Nation.