Raiders Finalizing 3-Year Contract Extension With Star Center Rodney Hudson

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 4:  Center Rodney Hudson #61 and guard Gabe Jackson #66 of the Oakland Raiders prepare to snap the ball in the second quarter on December 4, 2016 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  The Raiders won 38-24.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders made headlines earlier on Friday when they shockingly released linebacker Brandon Marshall, but perhaps it was in an attempt to save money to make another move.

According to reports, the Raiders and two-time Pro Bowl center Rodney Hudson have agreed to a three-year contract extension.

After adding Trent Brown on a huge long-term deal in the offseason, the Raiders are shrewdly getting their stud offensive linemen under contract for the foreseeable future.

Keeping Derek Carr upright is going to be vital this season, considering Antonio Brown is now in town and establishing the run game with rookie Josh Jacobs is going to be important.

Hudson spent the first four years of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs before signing with the Raiders. The former second-round pick has started in all but three games since arriving in Oakland and has committed zero false start penalties and just two holding penalties over the last two years.

Head coach Jon Gruden can certainly get behind that kind of production.