Nov 11, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle Donald Penn (70) reacts after they beat the Miami Dolphins for their first win at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Donald Penn Has Signed With The Raiders, According To Reports

Offensive Tackle Donald Penn has reportedly signed with the Oakland Raiders, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

 

This report comes after Penn had met with both the Raiders and Washington last week after being cut by Tampa Bay. Penn played the first 7 years of his career in Tampa Bay and once made the Pro Bowl after the 2010 season. Numbers of the contract have yet to be released but if they are anything like the rest of Reggie McKenzie’s contracts it is very team friendly.

Penn allows the Raiders to be more flexible in the draft and not have to throw Menelik Watson into the LT position before he is ready, like I said might happen earlier. With the addition of Penn it eliminates any chance of the Raiders pursuing Alex Mack, which was unlikely to happen anyway. Expect Penn to be a very durable Tackle that will provide solid protection for whoever is under center for the Raiders next season.

This is signing improves the Raiders O-line significantly by bringing in a veteran player with Pro Bowl experience to help mentor some of the younger players on the Raiders. Another quiet but solid signing for Reggie McKenzie who is quickly starting to get in good favor with Raiders fans everywhere.

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