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Raiders finalize deal with Hudson

Alameda, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Raiders have officially announced the signing of center Rodney Hudson, the team's most notable acquisition so far of this offseason.

NFL.com reported Monday that Hudson, the top player at the position on this year's free agent market, agreed to a five-year, $44.5 million contract that will make the ex-Kansas City Chief the highest-paid center in the league.

A second-round pick of Kansas City in the 2011 draft, Hudson started 31 times for the Chiefs over the past two seasons. The former Florida State standout also opened the first three games of 2012 at left guard before suffering a season-ending leg injury.

The Raiders also confirmed the signing of tight end Lee Smith on Wednesday, with the club having reportedly reached agreements with running back Roy Helu and linebacker Malcolm Smith, the MVP of Seattle's Super Bowl XLVIII victory over Denver.

Smith mainly made his mark as a blocker during his time with Buffalo, having recorded just 20 catches totaling 144 yards and three touchdowns over four seasons with the Bills.