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Donald Penn says chance to play left tackle is why he chose Raiders

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After meeting with both the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins, tackle Donald Penn elected to sign with the Raiders on Tuesday.

While both teams went hard after Penn – who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week – there was one major difference that tilted the decision in the Raiders’ favor.

In an interview with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Penn said the chance to be a left tackle in Oakland was a major factor in his decision to join the silver and black.

“The Redskins wanted me to play tight tackle,” Penn said. Ultimately, I wanted to play left tackle. I love going against the best on the field.”

Penn played on the left side of the line with the Buccaneers and likely feels more comfortable on that end of the line of scrimmage. With Trent Williams entrenched as the starter at left tackle in Washington, Penn felt the Raiders were the better fit.

Whoever the QB is in Oakland next season, they’ll be able to sleep better at night knowing their blind side is protected,” Penn said.

Penn has been incredibly durable over his nine-year career. Penn has started 108 straight games since earning a starting job with the Buccaneers five weeks into the 2007 season.

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11 Responses to “Donald Penn says chance to play left tackle is why he chose Raiders”
  1. craniator says: Mar 19, 2014 11:30 PM

    The key phrase here is “Whoever the quarterback is . . .”

  2. tuckrulesurvivor says: Mar 19, 2014 11:36 PM

    Good choice Penn , everyone is down on the Raiders
    free agents but I think they will be surprised , Can’t wait .

  3. raiders4lyfe17 says: Mar 19, 2014 11:38 PM

    Well Watson do u accept the challenge

  4. tampabaybucsman says: Mar 20, 2014 12:10 AM

    More like, “Donald Penn says Oakland only team desperate enough to sign him.”

  5. robgilman says: Mar 20, 2014 12:12 AM

    I’m starting to really like this Raider team on paper. Excited to see if Reggie can step up and have a killer draft. If he comes through on draft day, could be an interesting turn of events in the AFC West this year.

  6. ern215 says: Mar 20, 2014 1:02 AM

    I love this this signing, go raiders

  7. voice0freasonn says: Mar 20, 2014 1:24 AM

    Whoever it is Penn or Watson they just better block their butts off

  8. peytonmanningsforehead says: Mar 20, 2014 6:29 AM

    Now just get a QB worth protecting!

  9. stevenray72 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:18 AM

    Penn will regret this decision once he steps foot in Raider nation and sees what a terrible organization that it is.

  10. oakmeals85 says: Mar 20, 2014 11:12 AM


  11. radrntn says: Mar 20, 2014 12:20 PM

    schaub will be happy

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