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Penn re-signs with Raiders, ‘ready to look forward to winning’

Donald Penn is happy to be back with the Raiders and he and offensive line coach Mike Tice are excited for what that group can do. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Donald Penn is happy to be back with the Raiders and he and offensive line coach Mike Tice are excited for what that group can do. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

The Raiders and Donald Penn were both always in each other’s plans — just on different pathways.

Those paths finally merged and led to Penn agreeing to a deal to remain in Oakland. The deal was made late Tuesday night and formally announced by the team on Thursday.

The return of the team’s starting left tackle, reportedly on a two-year, $14 million deal, stabilizes an offensive line that added the top available free agent in Kelechi Osemele and now enters the discussion among the league’s top units. Continue Reading

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Raiders sign safety, special teamer Brynden Trawick

ALAMEDA _ Brynden Trawick, free agent safety from the Baltimore Ravens, was signed by the Raiders Wednesday.

Brynden Trawick (28) pursues the 49ers Jarryd Hayne on a punt return. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Brynden Trawick (28) pursues the 49ers Jarryd Hayne on a punt return. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Trawick, a safety from Troy State, played in 38 games over the last three seasons for the Ravens after making the team as an undrafted free agent.

Terms were not disclosed, but according to the National Football Post the deal was for one year and included a signing bonus.

At 6-foot-2, 221 pounds, Trawick’s duties with Baltimore were primarily on special teams, much like Tuesday’s signing of linebacker Daren Bates.

Retained as an exclusive rights free agent by Baltimore last season, he was not offered a contract and was free to sign with anyone.

The Raiders have made no announcement the signing of Donald Penn, which has been widely reported and confirmed by Penn on Sirius XM radio.

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Report: Donald Penn will re-sign with the Raiders

Donald Penn is reportedly resigning with the Raiders to continue to protect Derek Carr. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Donald Penn is reportedly resigning with the Raiders to continue to protect Derek Carr. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders now truly have the makings of one of the top offensive lines in the NFL.

The NFL Network reported early Wednesday that Donald Penn will re-sign with the team after he scratched his plans to visit the New York Giants. The San Francisco Chronicle was the first to report to sides were close to finalizing an agreement. Continue Reading

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Report: Raiders to sign Andre Holmes, Penn to visit Giants

Tackle Donald Penn will visit the New York Giants.

Tackle Donald Penn will visit the New York Giants.

Unrestricted free agent wide receiver Andre Holmes will return to the Raiders on a one-year contract that could pay him $3 million, the NFL Network reported Tuesday.

 

Holmes saw his production drop after the signings of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and the development of slot receiver Seth Roberts. Cooper caught 14 passes for 201 yards with four touchdowns in 2015 after catching 47 passes for a team-high 693 yards and four scores in 2014.

 

However, Holmes was active for all 16 games, with one start, over fellow receiver Rod Streater because of his ability to play special teams. Streater signed recently with the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

According to the report by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Holmes will be guaranteed $1 million to likely reprise a similar role as Cooper, Crabtree and Roberts are all under contract for 2016.

 

In other free agent news, the NFL Network reported that left tackle Donald Penn was scheduled to visit the New York Giants. It would be Penn’s first free agent visit. Penn has indicated he would like to come back to the Raiders and the Raiders have some level of interest in bringing him back. Continue Reading

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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio: `What’s happening now is people are starting to notice the silver and black are back’

Coach Jack Del Rio thinks people are taking notice of the Raiders. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Coach Jack Del Rio thinks people are taking notice of the Raiders. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND _ Some leftovers from Saturday night’s Commitment to Excellence dinner and random notes regarding the Raiders and the first week of free agency:

— Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was a late arrival, stuck in traffic, but got there in time for dinner and to take his place at the microphone. It’s not necessarily a skill that will contribute to wins and losses, but Del Rio can command a room.

He had a well-oiled crowd breaking into cheers often as he blended the Raiders’ past and his own formative years growing up in Hayward with the club’s future. Continue Reading

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