Donald Penn Wants To Talk Contract With Raiders

Raiders left tackle Donald Penn will see his two-year deal with the team expire next month, making him a free agent if he doesn’t have a new extension in place by then. Rather than reaching the open market, Penn would prefer to get something done with Oakland, but he has yet to hear from the team regarding contract negotiations, according to Scott Bair of Penn

“I’m not going to lie. I’m a little disappointed in the Oakland Raiders right now,” Penn said. “That’s just me being honest. I don’t talk to my agent about deals during the season because I like to focus on my play. But, going into the offseason we talked and my agent said he talked to the team and they said they want me back. That’s what they told me before I left, but I haven’t heard from them since the season ended.”

The Raiders and Penn still have a few more weeks to open negotiations and try to finalize a new contract for the veteran tackle, and general manager Reggie McKenzie said this week that there’s still plenty of time for that to happen. Nonetheless, Penn is getting anxious, and is starting to consider the possibility that he may have other suitors in March.

“I’m really disappointed, and I’m starting to look at other opportunities,” Penn said. “As man and a player, we have to start looking at other things. Me and my agent are starting to put together a group of teams that need a left tackle and things like that.”

Despite the fact that he has been one of the most reliable left tackles in the NFL over the last two seasons, Penn hasn’t been paid like it, since his two-year pact with the Raiders earned him just over $10MM in total. The Utah State product isn’t getting any younger – he’ll turn 33 in April – but he should still be in line for a nice raise, whether he re-signs with the Raiders or joins a new team. So while he’d like to be back in Oakland, Penn isn’t losing sight of that fact.

“We’ll see what happens next,” Penn said. “I did everything I could. I had two great seasons, two of the best of my career. You know, it’s a great time to be a free agent for me.”

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5 comments on “Donald Penn Wants To Talk Contract With Raiders

  1. Rory Parks

    Left tackles aren’t exactly a dime a dozen, and it’s even harder to find a good one that can be had for a reasonable deal. Penn will get a raise, but given his age, it won’t be an enormous one. I imagine he’ll be back in Oakland, particularly given the Raiders’ need to spend some money to get to the cash spending floor.

  2. bowserhound

    he needs to chill, the season hasn’t even ended yet and he is getting worried? That guy has a lot of penalties so I’m on the fence if he should even be welcomed back.

  3. We should reward Donald, he’s a loyal soldier!

  4. Sam Robinson

    The Raiders, more than any other team, could reward Penn for his services due to the league-most cap room Oakland possesses. Penn’s had a productive time in Oakland, and the Raiders would have room to re-sign him on a two-year deal or something to that effect while still having necessary funds to address their defense.

  5. jrtgiantswarriorsraiders

    He’ll get his!!! 2 year 15-18 million. We need to DRAFT a stud LT if there is still one on the board at number 14.

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