Schefter adds that the swap is the third-round pick from Arizona State Road Las Vegas. The Cardinals would get to choose the Raiders of the 7th round.
Las Vegas was reported to be ready for Hudson’s release before she succeeded in the trade before the 1pm MST deadline for the new NFL League year.
Hudson, 31, is a three-time Pro Bowler professional player (2016-17, 2019) and was the second All-Pro team in 2019.
The Cardinals will have a contract with Hudson remaining two years, including 2021.
Hudson will play a major role before Mason Cole and Lamont Gillard return.
It scored a score of 73.6 on Pro Football Focus last season, well above the site’s rating of Cole (54.4) and Gaillard (48.1).
This wasn’t a surprising move for the Cardinal after running game coordinator and front line coach Sean Kugler indicated in February that the status quo was not good enough.
He effectively opened the starting position role to take after Cole and Gillard’s rise in 2020.
Kugler said: “They both played very well at times … they both, they both, suffered, they were both young players.” “I think the position of the center in general needs to take the next step, in order to improve.”
Cole fell in the first week due to an injury and spelled relatively well by Gillard for two weeks. Gillard did enough throughout the year to earn more highlights in the last month of 2020.
By the season’s end, Cole, Arizona’s choice for the third round of 2018, played 914 shots versus 219 for Gillard. Gillard was drafted in the sixth round by Arizona in 2019.
The duo combined for seven penalty kicks, although they were far from the only players hit by penalties along the offensive line.
Perhaps the Cardinals viewed the loss of veteran center-back AQ Shipley in the room after the 2019 season as a reason for bugs spiking along the line.
In any case, Arizona is clearly prioritizing the growth of third-year midfielder Keeler Murray.
Arizona last month prioritized trench improvement. General Manager Steve Kim kicked off the season with the signing of defensive line player JG Watt and keeping two lead races Marcus Golden and Denis Jardick.
While the Cardinals missed or knocked themselves out of the race to claim first place in the market – former Packers center Corey Linsley signed a record deal with the Los Angeles Chargers – they have now consolidated their streak.
The cardinal could have more decisions to make on the center-right even after Kelvin Beechum re-signed.
Right goalkeeper JR Swayze, who lost his primary role to Justin Murray last year, is also a free agent.