Raiders Gained Salary Cap Room By Restructuring Rodney Hudson, But That Doesn’t Mean Another Move is Coming

Fifty million dollars of salary cap room doesn’t go as far as it used to in the NFL… so the Raiders had to do a little improvising this week.

The Raiders frees up a little more than $9.2 million in salary cap room this week when they converted Rodney Hudson’s base salary to a roster bonus, but that doesn’t necessarily mean another signing is around the corner.

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The Raiders converted $11.6M of C Rodney Hudson’s base salary into a fully guaranteed roster bonus, while adding two void years to his deal, creating $9.28M in cap space for 2020. Some extra space for the Raiders during a busy free agency period and with two first round picks.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Vinny Bonsignore the Raiders were actually $4 million over the cap prior to restructuring Hudson’s deal and now have around $5.2 million in salary cap space – which will be needed when the Raiders sign their draft picks.

That means unless another contract on the roster is restructured or a player is cut, the Raiders are at their limit in terms of cap spending.

Following his restructured deal, Hudson carries even more dead money if he leaves the Raiders anytime soon. According to Spotrac, Hudson’s dead money, if cut or traded, doesn’t drop below $10 million until 2022 ($8.3 million) and that means the Raiders Pro Bowl center probably has as much stability as anyone on the roster.

So go ahead and buy yourself a Rodney Hudson jersey. He isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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