It was bad enough that the AFC West rival Oakland Raiders were reportedly showing interest in Kansas City Chiefs center Rodney Hudson, who looks like he will hit free agency on March 10. But the Denver Broncos? Say it ain't so.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports the Broncos have "expressed interest" (to whom?) in both Hudson and the No. 2 center on the market the Raiders' Stefan Wisniewski.
The Broncos have expressed interest in both centers. It is known the Chiefs want Hudson back and the Indianapolis Colts are among the teams in need of a center, so the Broncos may have to pay more than $7 million a year to get him. If the bidding gets too rich, the Broncos may consider Wisniewski at roughly $5 million to $6 million per year.
I've been prepared to lose Hudson for a while now. Once I realized that some teams were going to start throwing crazy money out there (hey, Oakland), there has to be a point where the Chiefs cut themselves off. It's a tough decision because of the way the offensive line played last year but the Chiefs can not overpay for their center. That's how you get into even more cap trouble down the line. It's important to stay disciplined, which the Chiefs are, so I can understand their approach here.
Still, it would suck to lose your center to a division rival. Even worse, Hudson would be really good in that offense under Gary Kubiak.
Here's a list of all the Chiefs free agents.