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Raiders sign Donald Penn

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The Raiders may have finally identified their starting left tackle.

Donald Penn, the veteran who has been the starting left tackle in Tampa Bay for the last seven years, is headed to Oakland. Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the deal got done today, and that the Raiders plan to give Penn the first shot at earning the starting left tackle job.

The Raiders have had a hard time getting the left tackle spot figured out. They allowed their previous starter, Jared Veldheer, to walk away in free agency, and after initially agreeing to terms with Rodger Saffold, the Raiders called that contract off when they said Saffold failed their physical.

Now Penn, who turns 31 next month, is expected to provide some veteran stability to the Raiders’ offensive line. Stability was something Penn provided in Tampa Bay, where he started 108 straight games, and stability is something Oakland desperately needs.

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  1. micklegrande says: Mar 18, 2014 8:18 PM

    Raiders: Under 30 need not apply.

  2. canadianbucsfan says: Mar 18, 2014 8:18 PM

    I’ve liked the Raiders off season moves overall, but I don’t think this is a good move. As a bucs fan I watched Donald Penn a lot last year. He has started to decline a lot in pass protection, and always has trouble managing his weight. He has a really hard time with the speedy DE’s. I think he could be a solid guard though , he’s very good in the run game. Just no where close to the pass blocker he used to be.

  3. slugdub says: Mar 18, 2014 8:20 PM

    Welcome to Oakland. Very smart not to sign with that joke of a franchise in Washington DC.

    Its clear you want to win!

  4. psychoraider904 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:21 PM

    got em!

  5. pantherpro says: Mar 18, 2014 8:21 PM

    More trash for Oaktown

  6. 21nraider says: Mar 18, 2014 8:22 PM

    Nice move Reggie! I don’t even remember
    the whole Saffold incident.

  7. bigshirk says: Mar 18, 2014 8:23 PM

    I think they had already “identified” their LT a week ago. Watson will get the first crack at it. If he fails Penn is his insurance. If he succeeds look for Penn to go to LG or maybe swing tackle.

  8. The Red Rifle says: Mar 18, 2014 8:26 PM

    Dalton is the best QB in the league. Just give him some weapons.

  9. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 18, 2014 8:27 PM

    Raiders are coming across as extremely desperate.

  10. chargersdiehard says: Mar 18, 2014 8:35 PM

    The Raiders are building a dream team.

  11. fair2bfare says: Mar 18, 2014 8:38 PM

    Von Miller and Demarcus Ware approve of this signing!

  12. raiderufan says: Mar 18, 2014 8:38 PM

    Now trade a 3rd for Desean, draft Bridgewater @ 5 and Amaro at the top of the 2nd….

  13. believeland2014 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:39 PM

    Gordon
    Cameron
    Tate
    and Manziel with our first pick

    CLEVELAND TO THE SUPER BOWL!

  14. rastaraider says: Mar 18, 2014 8:48 PM

    Nice sign

  15. rhemish says: Mar 18, 2014 8:50 PM

    I wish Reggie would have signed some young core players with 70 million cap space. I don’t think you can say they won’t come to clev when free agents are signing with TB CLEV …. Reggie has done a nice job of adding winners and fill ins but where is the rebuild I don’t see it .Unless Mark Davis gave him 4-6 year time line . This is good model if Mark is that patient just goes against the win now mentality of today’s nfl. I see what Reggie is doing filling the roster with adequate players and good locker room players while he is trying to add through the draft until raiders are more competitive then add better free agents . I just don’t know if he has that much time Raider nation has been through hell the last 12 years. His first two drafts are not that great but last years could pan out if Hayden and Watson can get healthy and get on the field.i love s Moore and the Stacy McGee he looks like he could be a good DT with time . still Houston only receives guarenteed money so he could have been signed if he didn’t pan out And he could have been released in 2-3 years if it wasn’t working out . I think he would have been perfect a DT with some good pass rushing DE to take pressure off him. It is hard to judge d Allen with constant turn over and no stability al Davis was bashed for no front office stability now we have flipped the script ..I love the raiders just after 12 years I’m ready for a winner and if Oakland can’t give Oakland a stadium NOW time to move this is holding the franchise back really a 50 year old stadium unheard of in today’s sports world. Reggie needs to have the best draft of his life this May go RAIDERS…..

  16. robgilman says: Mar 18, 2014 8:50 PM

    This team keeps getting better and better. Looks like San Diego will be the bottom dwellers in the AFC West this year

  17. demolition510 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:56 PM

    Good for depth. Watson better be training this offseason. Need him to step up.

  18. sportswright says: Mar 18, 2014 8:59 PM

    They should have kept Veldheer.

  19. tdubdizzle says: Mar 18, 2014 9:17 PM

    Ooooooh buddy! The Raiders are going to be competitive next year. There are a lot of returning players and our o line is already better than last year’s. Donald Penn, Mike Briesel, Steven Wisnewski, Kevin Boothe and Manelik Watson…

    With Tony Bergstrom and Kalif Barnes as reserves.

    Not bad, not bad at all.

    And we’re not even half way done yet.

  20. aldog83 says: Mar 18, 2014 9:17 PM

    If he is a “stop gap” or on the decline.

    hopefully the raiders go him on the cheap.

    I’ts gotta be better then whatever they have last year.

    In the toughest stadium for a LT to play in against the eventual Champions.

    PENN was the LT for a Rookie QB in a game At Seattle week 9 where the Bucs had a 21 pt lead and lost on an OT field goal.

    Cliff Avril who was going against PENN only managed 0.5 sacks.

    Bennet had 1.5 but not against PENN

    and there was a “coverage” sack in OT by DB wagner again…not PENN’s guy.

    So to give up a 1/2 sack on the Road against Seattle the most dominating Defense in the league.

    Not to bad.

    Plus PENN caught a TD pass on NIGHT game against Miami. (we can use all the TD receptions we can get LOL)

    Good Signing. (provided the not too much was paid and sticking around 2 yrs.)

    It’s true that the Raiders are getting older…but all the young guys have SUCKED in recent years.

    These guys around 30 for 2 yr deals are going to PLAY THEIR ASSES OFF to hopefully cash in on one more deal before they are done.

    Draft Watkins!

    Sign a QB once they are cut (Vick, Sanchito, or Schaub) And let’s ROLL!

  21. tdubdizzle says: Mar 18, 2014 9:19 PM

    I can’t wait to see what kind of what contract Reggie gave him.

  22. tdubdizzle says: Mar 18, 2014 9:19 PM

    Let it be Football season already I can’t take it anymore!!!

  23. vegasgreek says: Mar 18, 2014 9:20 PM

    They still should draft Jake Matthews with the 5 th pick in thr draft. The Raiders are the 2014 version of the over the hill gang. All they need now is to sign Brett Favre to play QB. They better go after Jared Allen and bolster the pass rush even more . They still have no QB and going after Matt Schaub and Mark Samchez is a waste of time . Better to draft AJ McCarron in the 2nd round and sign Josh Freeman.

  24. tdubdizzle says: Mar 18, 2014 9:22 PM

    Now if we can just get Alex Mack then we’ll be set. That would be a line to reckon with.

  25. babygaga19 says: Mar 18, 2014 9:26 PM

    Why does Reg keep signing players no one has heard of?

  26. iccrmkd says: Mar 18, 2014 9:34 PM

    Nice comeback Reggie…..Now get the Raider Nation a Starting Veteran QB…..so we can sleep better….lol…

  27. slick50ks says: Mar 18, 2014 9:36 PM

    All the fade are doing this off season is getting older and slower.

    Good luck with that.

  28. sportsfaninyyc says: Mar 18, 2014 9:49 PM

    Now draft Watkins at 5, and hope A.J. McCarron is still available in the 2nd round.

  29. jjackwagon says: Mar 18, 2014 9:58 PM

    And still no QB…SMH

  30. raiderapologist says: Mar 18, 2014 10:09 PM

    McKenzie should still draft his LT at the 5 spot this year. Unless he can trade out, of course.

  31. bucjordan says: Mar 18, 2014 10:14 PM

    Veldheer is better. So is Anthony Collins, which is why the Bucs signed him and released Penn. I thank him for 108 games of laying his heart out on the field, but watching him last year was painful.

  32. raiderapologist says: Mar 18, 2014 10:22 PM

    The Red Rifle says: Mar 18, 2014 8:26 PM

    Dalton is the best QB in the league. Just give him some weapons.
    ————
    Yeah. Like a brain. And an arm.

  33. radrntn says: Mar 18, 2014 10:28 PM

    Nice….now get melton

  34. rocoop says: Mar 18, 2014 10:46 PM

    Looks like San Diego can count on two more extra bye weeks again this year!! CHOO CHOO

  35. sicklnick121 says: Mar 18, 2014 11:05 PM

    What young guys did you want him to create this great young core of starters? Just sign young scrubs and dream that they get it when they put the Raider uniform on? Some people are delusional. This is just a depth move in case Watson struggles. There were no young guys available once Orakpo and Hardy were tagged, ok we missed out on the Giants DT wow 1 guy. Relax we are borrowing players with a year or two left creating a vet leadership. We will draft guys that can start. And RMs picks will pay off this year.

  36. rhemish says: Mar 18, 2014 11:10 PM

    And L Houston plus all these additions ???

  37. rabidboy says: Mar 18, 2014 11:26 PM

    Generally a team adds youth through the draft and the Raiders have 7 picks in one of “deepest” drafts noted by various experts.

    Have to look at McKenzie’s background with the Packers and how to build a team through the draft.

  38. raiders4ever says: Mar 18, 2014 11:34 PM

    This move gives us more options come draft day which means we can trade down for more picks ..I only want to stay at 5 if Clowney or Watkins or K.Mack is there..if there not there then trade down for more picks this draft is loaded with WRs and DBs

  39. pantherpro says: Mar 18, 2014 11:47 PM

    Portland? LA? Anything but that stench hole in Oakland. They can’t hang with Niners. FM radio ….lowest revenue in NFL. Get out of dodge Mr Davis aka dumb and dumber

  40. dasmol says: Mar 19, 2014 12:09 AM

    Your Oakland Grayders.

  41. andreboy1 says: Mar 19, 2014 3:07 AM

    It shows how delusional Raider Nation is when they act like the team just hit a home run when signing an old, lower-tier tackle.

    All they’ve done is signed a bunch of old, adequate, players who are past their primes.

  42. mainbucsfan says: Mar 19, 2014 4:19 AM

    Penn is a beast and can still handle the best edge rushers in the nfl. Tampa should have kept him, he still has 4-or-5 good years left, and who cares if he had an issue with his weight he still played great. His 2013 year wasn’t up to his standards but he still played better than most NFL left tackles. I say he makes it to the probowl for Oakland in 2014.

  43. gibbskins9 says: Mar 19, 2014 5:57 AM

    Oakland clearly is the place were players go for the money and not championships

  44. mpoles says: Mar 19, 2014 6:55 AM

    I’ve been critical of Reggie, but he gets some kudos for playing chicken with Penn and winning. Penn left without signing a few days ago and went to Washington. Now we see that he has signed for the Raiders.

    Conclusion: Reggie played hardball on the contract and got him for significantly less money that Penn wanted.

    My guess: This is a two year deal low on guaranteed money (or at least a lot lower than the big contract he had in Tampa Bay) and Tony Sparano thinks that Menelik Watson might win the job in camp.

  45. 1heatedtoombrayduh says: Mar 19, 2014 7:05 AM

    looked it up..the raiders have 61 players under contract…only EIGHT are 30 yrs are older…every please shut up about us being so “old”

  46. hendeeze says: Mar 19, 2014 7:42 AM

    Doesnt say much for the Tackle they drafted in the second round last year, when you go out into FA and overspend on 2 OT’s.

  47. bizieman says: Mar 19, 2014 9:35 AM

    Wait until they bring DeMarcus back.

  48. Raider-in-PA says: Mar 19, 2014 11:46 AM

    bizieman says:
    Mar 19, 2014 9:35 AM
    Wait until they bring DeMarcus back.
    ———————————–

    Gotta love those who talk trash but either dont know what they’re talking about, cant spell or both….lol

    Hmm, I just cant recall DeMarcus Ware ever playing for the Raiders…. But sure, bring him to Oakland!

  49. radrntn says: Mar 19, 2014 12:45 PM

    all this bs about age….when it’s all done and said Raiders will like every other nfl team with an avg age of 26 .(point) something…age does not mean much…it’s all about the individual, and his conditioning, and wear and tear.

    Bottom line a lot of young guys get paid , and get lazy, while olders guys work harder to keep their job. It’s also called leadership. I like the off season thus far…..DT in the second rd.

  50. babygaga19 says: Mar 19, 2014 8:17 PM

    Bottom line, Raiders are headed for another 4-12 season.

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