The Raiders have been busy on the contract front the last few days as they’ve locked up wide receiver Michael Crabtree and fullback Jamize Olawale for multiple years ahead of possible free agency.
Left tackle Donald Penn is also set to become a free agent after the season, but he knows that he’d prefer to stay put rather than look for a new place to call home. While Penn said Thursday that his main focus is on a strong finish to this season, he also made it known that he’d like to remain with the team.
“I want to retire a Raider, I think I’ve made that pretty clear,” Penn said, via ESPN.com. “But I’m just focused on Denver and then the rest of the season. I want to finish strong and get some momentum going for next year.”
At 32, there’s probably a limit to how many years the Raiders would be willing to offer on a deal. Any deal would give them more stability with an offense that’s taken a big step forward this season while also giving them time to identify the next player to protect Derek Carr’s blindside, which are a pair of reasons why a deal would make sense for both sides.