Report: Cardinals C Rodney Hudson agrees to base salary reduction for 2023

Jan 7, 2023, 10:45 AM | Updated: 10:45 am

Center Rodney Hudson #61 of the Arizona Cardinals on the bench during the second half of the NFL ga...

Center Rodney Hudson #61 of the Arizona Cardinals on the bench during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 20-12. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals center Rodney Hudson has reportedly agreed to reduce his 2023 base salary from $8.25 million to $2.05 million, per ESPN’s Field Yates.

Hudson was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 12 after playing four games this season and 12 last season, resulting in 16 total contests for the center in the Valley.

Yates reports the move to reduce the center’s 2023 salary could be signs pointing toward retirement for the 33-year-old.

Much of the speculation this offseason was that Hudson was mulling retirement before echoing his commitment to training camp in July.

The center signed a three-year, $30 million deal after being traded from the Las Vegas Raiders in 2021.

Hudson helped revive a Cardinals offensive line that struggled in quarterback Kyler Murray’s young career.

After playing 12 games in his first year with Arizona, there was uncertainty heading into the year about whether or not Hudson was 100% committed to the team after he missed the voluntary organized team activities and mandatory minicamp in the offseason.

The Cardinals could look to sixth-round rookie center Lecitus Smith to take over the reins next season after turning to Billy Price this year.

Catch the Cardinals’ season finale on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers at 2:25 p.m. on 98.7, the Arizona Sports app and

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