3:04pm: Penn’s visit with the Giants is expected to happen later in the week, rather than today, tweets Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. Meanwhile, Rand Getlin of the NFL Network (Twitter link) hears that Penn has been “very open” to re-signing with the Raiders, but there’s still “meaningful distance” between the player and the team regarding his value.
11:06am: The game of musical chairs continues for the offensive tackle free agent market, as Donald Penn is scheduled to pay a visit to the Giants today, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). Rapoport adds that Penn and the Raiders have been “locked in a contract stalemate.”
Penn, who will turn 33 in April, has been one of the more reliable and consistent left tackles in the NFL over the past two seasons for the Raiders. In 2015, he ranked 11th at the position, according to Pro Football Focus, with an especially strong grade as a pass blocker.
However, the Raiders signed Kelechi Osemele to a five-year mega-deal, giving the team an alternative at left tackle, which could allow GM Reggie McKenzie to play hardball to a certain extent with Penn. Given the veteran’s age, he certainly won’t be in line for an Osemele-esque contract of his own.
With a handful of notable free agent left tackles on the market, including Penn, Russell Okung, and Kelvin Beachum, there’s a sense that things may fall into place for multiple players once one of them agrees to a deal. The Seahawks, Okung’s old team, have also been cited as a potential suitor for Penn, while the Steelers – Beachum’s old team – and the Giants are said to be in the mix for Okung.
The Giants have options at left tackle, including Ereck Flowers and possibly Justin Pugh, but landing a solid veteran like Penn or Okung could allow the team to move Flowers to the right side and play Pugh at guard, strengthening the line as a whole.
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