In a whirlwind of moves, there is now more clarity on the Las Vegas Raiders offensive line than there was a day ago.
The Raiders ended up trading star center Rodney Hudson (and not releasing him) to the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon. That move sandwiched the team agreeing to terms with guards Denzelle Good and Richie Incognito
Both Good and Incognito will likely be in line to start. The Raiders have yet to make a move on Gabe Jackson, who is still expected to be either released or traded. While Incognito — who turns 38 in July and missed 14 games last season — will likely be penciled in at left guard after re-signing at a reduced rate.
Good can play right guard or right tackle as a replacement for Trent Brown, who is being traded to the New England Patriots. Good already played for Brown for several games last season.
With Hudson and Brown being traded, and Jackson likely on his way out, the Raiders will probably be looking for two more starters (with Good, Incognito and left tackle Kolton Miller being locked in).
Andre James is the current favorite to replace Hudson, and a veteran could be found at right tackle. Either way, expect the Raiders — who now have a total of four picks in the first three rounds of the upcoming draft — to take an offensive lineman early. It is considered a strong rookie class for offensive linemen.
So, while there is a lot of unexpected intrigue on the offensive line in Las Vegas, it is taking shape.
The only question is whether it can be as good as it was and that might be a challenge.