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Donald Penn | Tackle

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 330
College: Utah State
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Donald Penn's two-year contract with the Raiders includes no guaranteed money in 2015.
Penn will earn $4.6 million (including a workout bonus) in 2014. It gives the Raiders another year to groom 2013 second-round pick Menelik Watson for the job while also giving Penn incentive as he's essentially in a contract year. That said, it's another veteran band-aid signing for a team that should be in full rebuild mode. Mar 20 - 9:07 AM

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Raiders agreed to terms with LT Donald Penn, formerly of the Bucs.

Five days after the Rodger Saffold fiasco, the Raiders have found their left tackle. Going on 31 with well-documented weight issues, Penn was cut by the Bucs last week, but is still a perfectly-fine left tackle. He's a massive upgrade on what the Raiders trotted out after Jared Veldheer's 2013 injury. However, Penn is not a long-term option for what is still the league's thinnest roster. GM Reggie McKenzie continues to throw all sorts of money at players over 30. It should make Oakland more watchable in 2014, but is not the way to rebuild a team.
Mar 18 - 7:47 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora expects free agent OT Donald Penn to sign with the Raiders.

La Canfora reports the Redskins are still interested in the ex-Buc, but that the opportunity to play left tackle in Oakland is "very enticing." Penn was still passable on the blindside in Tampa last season, but turns 31 next month, and has struggled with his weight.
Mar 18 - 7:34 PM

Free agent OT Donald Penn arrived at Redskins Park on Sunday for a visit that will spill into Monday.

The Redskins are trying to get bigger on the O-Line, and plus-sized Penn would certainly accomplish that. He would replace stringbean Tyler Polumbus at right tackle. Penn visited the Raiders on Friday, but left without a deal.
Mar 16 - 6:10 PM

Free agent LT Donald Penn will visit with the Redskins on Saturday.

Penn met with the Raiders on Friday, but left without a contract. He would presumably be moved to right tackle with Washington, bookending Trent Williams. Penn has started every game for the Bucs the last six seasons and is the top offensive tackle remaining on the open market.
Mar 14 - 7:03 PM

Free agent Donald Penn is on his way to meet with the Raiders Thursday night.

Penn was cut by the Bucs on Thursday afternoon as they moved on to Anthony Collins. And everyone knows how desperate the Raiders are after the Rodger Saffold debacle. So on paper, this looks like a lay-up for Reggie McKenzie to blow through some of his massive cap space. Penn has battled weight problems, but he hasn't missed a single game in his seven-year career and handled the blind side at a plus level.
Mar 13 - 9:34 PM

Bucs released LT Donald Penn.

The Bucs have been trying to trade the oft-overweight Penn ever since the season ended. With no takers and Anthony Collins signed, the time to move on is now. Penn, who turns 31 next month, rarely lived up to the $41.7 million contract he signed in 2010 but was PFF's No. 16 tackle last season. The Raiders, who are absolutely desperate for left tackle help, should already be in touch with Penn's agent.
Mar 13 - 1:53 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports the Bucs have yet to ask LT Donald Penn to take a pay cut.

Per Caplan, it's "not out of the question" that Penn is eventually released. The soon-to-be 31-year-old signed a six-year, $41.7 million deal ahead of the 2010 season. Pro Football Focus credited Penn with giving up the second-most sacks (11) among all tackles in 2013. He did grade out as a strong run blocker. Releasing Penn would clear over $7.4 million in cap space. Tampa Bay has been mentioned as a possible landing spot for free agent LT Branden Albert.
Feb 25 - 11:55 AM

Coach Greg Schiano confirms the Bucs are satisfied with LT Donald Penn's weight.

"Like so many big guys, you always have to watch his weight," Schiano said. "He has done everything he's asked. Met all (conditions)." This should put Penn's weight "controversy" to bed. The No. 16 left tackle in Pro Football Focus' ratings last season, Penn is signed through 2015.
Wed, May 29, 2013 01:34:00 PM

Bucs LT Donald Penn refutes reports that he hasn't met "most" of the weight clauses in the six-year, $41.7 million deal he signed in 2010.

Most of the language is too colorful to repeat here, but Penn took to Twitter to insist he's "330 right now (and) in the best shape (I've) been in in a long time," and that he met "all" of his weight clauses the past two seasons. The Bucs' website lists Penn at 340 pounds. The no. 16 left tackle in Pro Football Focus' ratings last season, Penn can't afford to let his play slip in 2013.
Mon, May 27, 2013 02:52:00 PM

Bucs LT Donald Penn has reportedly failed to meet "most" of the weight clauses in the six-year, $41.7 million contract he signed in 2010.

Penn has made 92 straight starts and graded out positively in Pro Football Focus' 2012 pass- and run-blocking ratings, but has the "occasional lazy streak" and sometimes "drives management crazy." Penn turned 30 in April. While his 2013 roster spot is obviously safe, Penn's 2014 salary jumps to a non-guaranteed $6.4 million. He can't afford to let his on-field performance slip.
Sun, May 26, 2013 11:26:00 PM

Bucs LT Donald Penn (calf) has been activated from camp/PUP.

Penn missed the first three weeks of camp with a calf strain suffered during July workouts in Los Angeles. He notified the Bucs beforehand and they were understanding. Penn hasn't missed a start since the 2007 season. Pro Football Focus graded Penn as a top-ten left tackle in 2011, grading him especially effectively as a run blocker. He's a good fit for run-minded Greg Schiano.
Fri, Aug 17, 2012 04:33:00 PM

Bucs LT Donald Penn will miss "several weeks" of training camp with a calf strain.

Penn got hurt working out in Los Angeles and notified the club before he reported. "Not sure exactly how long that will be (or) keep him from participating," coach Greg Schiano said. "... Maybe a couple weeks and we'll play it by ear." As long as Penn is healthy for a preseason game or two, the Bucs should be fine. They have the potential to field one of the NFL's top offensive lines.
Thu, Jul 26, 2012 03:20:00 PM

Buccaneers re-signed LT Donald Penn to a six-year, $43 million contract.

It may seem like a smart investment for the Bucs to lock up an ascending tackle, but this is quite a commitment for a player coming off a disappointing season. Still, Penn will be an asset up front if he can keep his weight in check. Josh Freeman dynasty owners should be pleased.
Sat, Jul 31, 2010 11:33:00 AM

Bucs agreed to terms with LT Donald Penn on a multi-year contract.

Financials and length haven't been disclosed. The Bucs really caved here, but it's not like they had an alternative with only converted basketball player Demar Dotson behind Penn on the depth chart. Though Penn didn't grade out as one of the NFL's better tackles last year, the athletic 27-year-old allowed just five sacks and has big upside. He'll need to cut down on the penalties after committing 11 last season to rank eighth in the league.
Fri, Jul 30, 2010 07:03:00 PM

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