Report: Penn will put signature to paper for Raiders


A week after failing prized free agent Rodger Saffold on a physical, the Raiders agreed to terms with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle Donald Penn, according to the NFL Network.

Penn, a veteran of 108 starts and 112 games, played in all 16 games in each of the last six season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was contacted by the club immediately after Saffold’s deal fell through, but left the facility without an issue and continued on to visit the Washington Redskins.

Penn, 30, gives the Raiders an experienced and durable left tackle to go along with right tackle Austin Howard, who was signed last week. The Raiders have not confirmed Penn’s signing or agreement.

The Raiders had a deal in place with Saffold shortly after free agency opened last week, but voided the agreement because of a torn labrum. At the same time, the Raiders, allowed incumbent left tackle Jared Veldheer to escape in free agency to the Arizona Cardinals, signing for less money than Oakland had offered Saffold.

A veteran of 112 games and 108 starts, Penn has played all 16 games in each of the last six seasons. Due to make $6.75 million with Tampa Bay in 2014, the Bucs signed free agent Anthony Collins to play left tackle and released Penn.

Penn was undrafted out of Utah State was signed by the Bucs off the practice squad of the Minnesota Vikings in 2006.

Having Penn on the roster enables the Raiders to be patient with Menelik Watson, the talented second-round draft pick whose rookie season was essentially wiped out because of injury problems.

Penn (6-foot-5, 340 pounds) played in the Pro Bowl in 2011, an alternate selection who replaced Green Bay tackle Chad Clifton when the Packers played in the Super Bowl. He has two career touchdown receptions on tackle eligible plays.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

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  • JV.

    Soup had chemistry with our receivers and did ok in our offense plus Bush was doing fine….

    Same can be said if our defense would’ve stopped the chargers or we would’ve not lost to the donks via tebow or lions via breshnahan not thinking megaton was gonna destroy us…

  • Walker Bennett

    Man built a bully. Cable was good too, really loved his hard-nosed approach with Hue doing the playcalling

  • BossKnows01

    Actually everything changed when Chuck B decided to put a LB on megatron, all downhill from there

  • BossKnows01

    Tommy Kelly?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Still does. Once he’s paroled.

  • mikeschoice

    yeh whem 9-7 took down the afc west with tebow-not so easy anymore

  • RaidingTexas

    It’s gossip to say that a guy who missed 11 games to a weight room circus injury is “solid”.

  • The Florida Pete

    the problem with Sanchez is that he sucks elephant dichs…

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    I don’t understand, Palmer was asked to restructure to a team friendly deal, Al did that all the time to get the team under the cap. When CP3 refused, he was traded to at least get something instead of just releasing him (which is similar to when Moss was traded to NE).

    JV was offered a deal, he simply chose to move on because it wasn’t as much as he wanted.

    How is that bad business other than losing two players to different teams?

  • TrevJo

    yes the draft is a crapshoot but my point is if you go WR this early, even if he turns out to be a great WR in the long run, it’s still only a small impact toward making your team good

  • TrevJo

    no no no, with Seattle’s pass protection issues and injured receivers Sanchez would have had 20 turnovers. Seattle would not have won their division much les the Super Bowl