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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.

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11 Responses to “Buccaneers release Donald Penn”
  1. chicagosports2014 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:17 PM

    Good Luck in Tampa, Lovie!!!!!

    Bear Down!!!!!

  2. eurometal15 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:24 PM

    Even though his play has been slowly diminishing for the past two years, DP always went to battle when had that Bucs’ jersey. Hopefully he can find somewhere better than Oakland

  3. bears0492 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:25 PM

    Being an NFC South guy, I have a feeling that Penn is gonna take a small contract to go play in New Orleans. Fits a need and a chance to win a ring.

  4. petedutcherjr says: Mar 13, 2014 2:28 PM

    Predictable. Penn has been a part of the team for a while. A good man. But he always struggled with weight.

    I wish him well so long as he doesn’t go to a team in our division ;)

  5. chris3141084 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:35 PM

    I have a sinking feeling that Lovie is going to have a sucky o-line in Tampa just like he did in Chicago. Maybe not, but its certainly probable.

  6. connormyboy says: Mar 13, 2014 2:42 PM

    goodbye swing gate

  7. rodvmunchiii says: Mar 13, 2014 2:43 PM

    So you cut Penn and Williams, sign McCoy to a new deal and you easily have the money you were paying Revis and still have the $24-mil in cap space you started with. Cutting Revis made no sense at all. Yes the team will be better, just by Schiano being gone it will be better, but why every new Tampa GM feels the need to throw away a all-pro players I will never understand.

  8. whysomanylosers says: Mar 13, 2014 2:47 PM

    Penn had many great years… last year was a disappointment for him and fans.

    Oakland might be a good fit, he is a SoCal guy (and we all know the Raiders are moving back).

  9. kingpel says: Mar 13, 2014 2:53 PM

    Damn. The Bucs are really gutting this team.

  10. rodvmunchiii says: Mar 13, 2014 3:07 PM

    Penn is a great story about how he worked his way up from a practice squad guy to become a Pro Bowler – it just took a while for him to develop and he’s older than I think most fans realize. He’s a great guy, great leader but his play was slipping last year as he was looking slightly slow. I’m sorry to see him go but I think his best days are well behind him at this point. Regardless I wish him luck wherever he ends up.

  11. cheapglazers says: Mar 13, 2014 4:24 PM

    And they just cut their third Pro Bowl player this week…

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