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Silver Minings: Rodney Hudson named one of best players over 30

He comes in at No. 22

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For those of you 30 year olds out there, don’t worry, you are still young! You’re in your prime. However, if you’re 30 in the NFL, you’re widely considered to be on the decline and “up there in age.”

NFL.com ranked the 30 best players over the age of 30 entering the 2020 season. The Raiders had one player make the cut. Rodney Hudson, the Raiders’ 31-year-old center came in at No. 22 on the countdown.

Here’s what the article had to say for Hudson:

If you fire up Madden NFL 21 and select the Raiders, the highest-rated player on your team will be … Hudson, who has received multiple boatloads (for a center, anyway) of money from a team that has hovered on the fringes of competitiveness. If you prefer real markers of performance over imaginary ones, know that Hudson received PFF’s second-highest pass-blocking grade (and the top grade among centers) after surrendering zero sacks, one quarterback hit and two hurries last season. Whatever the opposite of buyer’s remorse is, that’s probably what the Raiders are feeling.

This will be the sixth season the three-time Pro Bowler has spent with the Raiders. He’s been one of the best centers in the NFL over the years. He he was rewarded with a three-year contract worth nearly $34 million back in August 2019. After the contract, he became the highest paid center in the NFL. The Raiders spared no expense when working on their offensive line, as they made Trent Brown the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history when they signed him.

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