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Cardinal’s reporter reveals Rodney Hudson news

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Arizona Cardinals center Rodney Hudson missed both days of the team’s mandatory minicamp. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury didn’t want to go into detail about Hudson.

“Yes, no update,” Kingsbury said last week. “We’re working through something with him. As soon as we know, we will have this update.”

Hudson signed a three-year, $30 million extension in 2021, with $5 million guaranteed from his $10.9 million base salary in 2022. USA Today is Chuck Harriscovering the Cardinals reports that the 32-year-old center is considering retirement.

Harris tweeted “From what I hear, Rodney Hudson’s absence is due to him contemplating retirement. . . The cardinals were aware before the draft.”

The reason why he is considering retirement is not known. In Hudson’s first season with the Cardinals, he missed five games as he dealt with a rib injury and a COVID stint.

Right tackle Kelvin Beachum spoke to 98.7 FM last week Arizona Sports’ Wolf & Luke about Hudson’s situation and said he had recently had a son.

“As far as I know, he’s fine” said Beachum. “He had a son not long ago. (He) has a young daughter, so I know he puts family first like any father would, and I know the rest is between him and the organization. Know that he is in a good mood and excited to see what will become of it in the coming weeks.”

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According to Harris, the Cardinals would be paid $9.85 million in 2022 if Hudson retired.

Left guard Justin Pugh would be next in line, starting at center. Both Pugh and sixth-round rookie Lecitus Smith took over reps at center in mandatory minicamps in Hudson’s absence. Offensive lineman Sean Harlow also had time to play at center during Hudson’s absence in 2021.

The Cardinals could try to add a center through free agencies. Arizona received free-agent center Billy Price for a visit in early May and could be asked to sign the former first-round pick.

Arizona didn’t anticipate this situation to arise when they traded a third-round pick to the Las Vegas Raiders for Hudson in 2021.

Prior to last season, Hudson had only missed one game since 2016. The three-time Pro Bowler would be difficult to replace. According to Pro Football Focus, Hudson ranked first among centers with a 2015 pass blocking score of 93.6. Hudson had a great start to the 2021 season. Hudson was in the first four games the only offensive lineman who started every game and didn’t allow a single pressure, via olinestats.com.

But the rib injury and COVID stint helped Hudson have a 60.9 PFF score, the worst of his 11-year career. Not only would a Hudson resign would hurt the Cardinals, but it’s worrying that Pugh could switch positions and have a hole in the left guard.

The Cardinals have always been able to scour the free agency market. Root laid out possible options at the starting position in the middle. He suggested that the Cardinals should sign free agent JC Tretter.

Root said, “Tretter was released by the Browns this offseason after being their starting center for five seasons. He’s only missed one game in five seasons.”

The Cardinals have always been able to scour the free agency market. Root laid out possible options at the starting position in the middle. He suggested that the Cardinals should sign free agent JC Tretter.



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