Arizona Cardinals add WR A.J. Green in free agency, trade for Raiders center Rodney Hudson
The Cardinals made a pair of moves to bolster their offense on Wednesday. Former Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is signing a one-year deal with the Cardinals, and center Rodney Hudson is coming to Arizona via a trade with the Raiders.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the Green deal, saying the team and Green began discussions the night before. "This deal has been in the works since (Tuesday) night, source said. Expect it to come in around 1 year for $8M," he tweeted Wednesday.
As for Hudson, pending the passing of a physical, Arizona will acquire the offensive lineman and a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft from Las Vegas in exchange for Arizona’s third-round selection in the 2021 draft.
Green, 32, has played all nine of his seasons with Cincinnati after entering the league as the fourth-overall pick of the 2011 draft. He missed the entire 2019 season after tearing ligaments in his ankle during training camp.
Green has had six seasons with 1,000 or more receiving yards, the most recent in 2017. 2020 brought his career lows of 523 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his return from his 2019 injury. He has tallied 9,430 career receiving yards and 65 touchdowns on 649 receptions.
Cardinals veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has yet to announce if he will return for the 2021 season.
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Hudson, 31, played four years with Kansas City after he was drafted there in the second round of the 2011 draft. He then joined the Raiders in March of 2015.
Cardinals offensive line coach/run game coordinator Sean Kugler indicated last month that the team was open to bringing someone in.
"If we add somebody, they’re going to be right in the mix," he said in a press conference. "It’s going to be open competition. The best guy is going to win that job."
Hudson (6-2, 315) is a three-time Pro Bowler, with all three of those nods coming in the last five years. He has played 143 games in his career and started at center in all 92 games he appeared in with the Raiders.
Cardinals sign Prater
The Cardinals also agreed to terms with kicker Matt Prater on a two-year contract on Wednesday. Prater, 36, is a 14-year vet who spent his last seven seasons with the Lions.
Over his career, in 203 career games, Prater has made 321-of-386 field goal attempts, good for 83.2%. He is also the record-holder for the longest field goal in league history: 64 yards against Tennessee in 2013. Prater additionally holds league records for: most career field goals of 50 or more yards (59), consecutive made field goals of 50 or more yards (14) and consecutive field goal conversions of 55 or more yards (7).
His 1,454 career points currently rank fourth among active NFL players.
—Former Cardinals linebacker Haason Reddick is joining the Carolina Panthers. NFL.com reported Reddick will sign a one-year deal worth up to $8 million, $6 million guaranteed.
—The Cardinals also announced that they have re-signed linebacker Tanner Vallejo to a two-year contract.
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