Raiders ink Nick Martin, solidify line

After much turmoil along the line in the opening of free agency the Raiders have added veteran free agent center Nick Martin to the roster. A week after trading incumbent Rodney Hudson to the Cardinals for a third-round pick GM Mike Mayock filled that major void with a relaible, experienced, and more cost-effective center.

On the face of it, trading Hudson to the Cardinals was a very odd move. Hudson has been one of the better centers in the league for a few years, but his play had begun to decline in recent seasons. The move, while likely freeing some cap space after the Raiders had made Hudson the highest paid center in the league in 2019.

NICK MARTIN MAKES HUDSON DEAL MAKE SENSE

However, the signing of Nick Martin makes the deal seem a lot better. Martin has been solid if unspectacular along the Texans line, with PFF crediting him with allowing one sack in 2020, the same as Hudson. While Martin’s play has clearly not been to the standard of Hudson thus far, Nick Martin is 4 years younger and clearly the team expects him to be on an upward curve.

Nick Martin had been steadily improving until the train wreck that was the Houston Texans in 2020 © PFF.com
Nick Martin had been steadily improving until the train wreck that was the Houston Texans in 2020 © PFF.com

Nick Martin certainly isn’t a splashy move, but in a cap reduced year where difficult decisions had to be made, adding a third-round pick, saving some cap, and still acquiring a veteran can definitely be considered smart decisions.

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