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.