Raiders give 3-year contract to C Andre James

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The Las Vegas Raiders showed their confidence in centre Andre James by giving him a three-year contract less than a week after trading away starter Rodney Hudson.

The Raiders gave James the new deal on Monday with hopes that he will fill the void created by the trade of three-time Pro Bowler Hudson. NFL Network reported that the deal is worth $12.5 million with about $6 million guaranteed. James was eligible to be a restricted free agent in 2022 and an unrestricted free agent the following season before this deal.

Las Vegas also signed defensive lineman Matt Dickerson to a one-year contract on Monday in the latest move to add depth at the position.

The Raiders were willing to part with Hudson in a deal that saves them money because of their belief that James could take over at centre . They dealt Hudson and a seventh-round pick to Arizona for a third-rounder.

The Raiders originally signed James as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA in 2019. James had been a tackle in college but the Raiders moved him to centre .

He got limited action as a rookie, playing 45 snaps against Houston after Hudson got hurt and then starting the following game.

He played exclusively on special teams last season but now will get another shot at centre . Las Vegas has also added former Houston starter Nick Martin this off-season but plans to give James the first shot at the job.

Dickerson spent the past three seasons in Tennessee after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He had 15 tackles in 18 career games. He played 10 games last season with 10 tackles and one quarterback pressure. He also had a sack in the playoffs.

The Raiders have added four defensive linemen this off-season , previously reaching deals with Yannick Ngakoue, Solomon Thomas and Quinton Jefferson. They also have re-signed Johnathan Hankins, David Irving and Kendal Vickers, to go with returning players Maxx Crosby, Clelin Ferrell, Maurice Hurst, Carl Nassib and Arden Key.

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Josh Dubow, The Associated Press