Offensive Tackle Donald Penn has reportedly signed with the Oakland Raiders, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
OT Donald Penn is closing in on a deal with the #Raiders, source said. Would be a huge help for them after the Rodger Saffold loss.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2014
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.