Buccaneers release Donald Penn

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After the Buccaneers announced they had signed tackle Anthony Collins, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Bucs might try to trade incumbent left tackle Donald Penn.

Either the Bucs had other plans or the rest of the league gave them a unanimous and emphatic no because the team announced Thursday that Penn has been released. Penn was signed off the Vikings practice squad in 2006 and has started the last 108 games for Tampa.

Talk about moving on without Penn began before Collins was in the fold. Penn had a rough time as a pass protector last season and was set to make $6.75 million for a team that was clearly unhappy with their offensive line play. Guard Davin Joseph has also been released recently and the Bucs are heading in a new direction with Lovie Smith at the reins.

Penn still did a good job as a run blocker, though, and there’s not much left on the veteran left tackle market so he should be able to find a new home fairly soon. Oakland might be an option in the wake of their Rodger Saffold reversal.