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Report: Donald Penn finalizing deal with Raiders

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 22:  Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers rushes against Donald Penn #72 of the Oakland Raiders during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 22, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Raiders 31-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

Yet another left tackle appears to be off the market.

According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Raiders are finalizing an agreement that will keep left tackle Donald Penn in the Bay Area.

Penn hoped to remain with the Raiders, but was expected to take visit Tuesday with the New York Giants when progress toward a deal stalled. However, that visit was reported to have been moved to later in the week. Nevertheless, the possibility of the visit may have been the catalyst to closing the gap to reach a deal with the Raiders.

Penn has been remarkably durable throughout his career. He’s appeared in 144 straight games with 140 consecutive starts dating back to 2007 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Penn has spent the last two seasons with the Raiders.

The left tackle market is getting sparse. Penn returning to Oakland, Kelvin Beachum signing in Jacksonville and Ryan Harris signing with Pittsburgh has trimmed the number of potential landing spots and the potential candidates to fill those openings.

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  1. JohnnyACE♠ GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™ says: Mar 16, 2016 4:00 AM

    Raiders are about to have one of the best O-Lines in the NFL if not THE best.

    Playoffs here we come! Just win, baby! {{^_^}}

  2. mynameiscoopermanning says: Mar 16, 2016 4:14 AM

    Somewhere in heaven, Al Davis is clocking his 40 time.

  3. drummer1279 says: Mar 16, 2016 4:46 AM

    Awesome! If they get this deal done, this could be one of the best OL in the league. They have so many options to move the big guys around and can have solid depth as well. I’m not going to claim they have a shot at the Super Bowl, or even the playoffs just yet, but this team seems to be on the rise. It’s an exciting time to be a Raider fan, and I hope these solid move’s bring the Raiders back to relevance.

  4. xraider4321 says: Mar 16, 2016 4:49 AM

    Wooooooooooo! I’m so excited I got the chills baby! Damn big red reggie mcgenzie keep up the great work I love the moves your making this offseason! Penn, jackson, hudson, osemele, Watson/ howard! That’s one of the best o-lines in the league! JUST WIN BABY!

  5. claudibi says: Mar 16, 2016 5:01 AM

    Arguably one of the 2/3 best O-lines in the league.

    If Carr doesn’t choke (i ain’t totally sold on the kid…), it’s playoffs time for the silver and black….

  6. oakland2421 says: Mar 16, 2016 5:22 AM

    Wham! That was worth waking up at 5am for. Let’s roll.

  7. blacnsilvr says: Mar 16, 2016 5:42 AM

    I would now like to introduce to you the 2016 -17 AFC WEST Champion Oakland Raiiiiiders!!!! Can u say “Ground n’ Pound?!” Game, set, and match the Silver and Black r Back!!!

  8. philvil41 says: Mar 16, 2016 5:45 AM

    Nice to have the big man back. Quality left tackles are hard to find. The Raiders O-line will be tough to beat. The Black Hole will be rocking in 2016. JWB

  9. r8danation says: Mar 16, 2016 5:52 AM

    The Protection Blanket For Carr Continues.

  10. mball13 says: Mar 16, 2016 6:17 AM

    Perfect! Keep Penn at LT for two more years and let KO play RG for the time being. Shore up RT with a healthy Austin and Raiders have a sick line. RNFL!!!

  11. jshawaii22 says: Mar 16, 2016 6:24 AM

    Calling Mr. Okung… The Seahawks are waiting for you to accept their $14m for 2 years + bonus incentives to stay healthy contract.

    You don’t need an agent, just come down to earth.

  12. williamwallacewouldhavebeenaraider says: Mar 16, 2016 6:32 AM

    I’ve had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming over the last couple yrs. My Raiders have a highly competent GM.

  13. racerx1225 says: Mar 16, 2016 6:34 AM

    Oakland’s Offensive line is going to be top 5 in the league with the addition of Osemele and the return of Watson.

  14. logicalvoicesaysravensrule says: Mar 16, 2016 6:38 AM

    That’s an impressive streak for a trenchman. I like this guy’s style and honestly, the Raiders are poised for a great season.

  15. chaunce922 says: Mar 16, 2016 6:59 AM

    Hell yea man.

    We needed this. We easily got an Oline that rivals to the Cowboys now.

    We just need a FS now whether it be Reggie Nelson or that kid from the Cardinals that has solid production and room to grow..

  16. JMClarkent says: Mar 16, 2016 7:14 AM

    I love it – this O-line should be serious.


  17. araidersfan says: Mar 16, 2016 7:16 AM

    I hope that Penn isn’t grossly overpaid but as the article states, decent OLTs are a scarce commodity in FA this year so he may have the upper hand at the negotiating table. If Penn is inked to a 2 year deal then it won’t interfere with giving Mack and Carr long-term deals in the near future and it’ll give the Raiders time to draft & groom a quality young OT to become Penn’s long-term replacement.

  18. djholloway says: Mar 16, 2016 7:31 AM

    Best O-Line In Football.

  19. oneilistheone says: Mar 16, 2016 7:45 AM

    Strengthen the Ground attack with Trench WarFare!

  20. tooz72 says: Mar 16, 2016 7:51 AM

    hopefully no more than 2 years

  21. ricco89 says: Mar 16, 2016 7:59 AM

    Nice!!! This is great for the O-line!!!!

  22. gmoney52 says: Mar 16, 2016 8:08 AM

    We now have one of the NFL’s top OL, in Reggie I trust

  23. stevent92 says: Mar 16, 2016 8:30 AM

    The thrill of playing on infield dirt

  24. silverhat78 says: Mar 16, 2016 8:50 AM

    Penn’s a good LT. Good resign by the Raiders to keep him protecting rising start Derek Carr.

  25. thetwilightsown says: Mar 16, 2016 8:55 AM

    Ohhhhhhh yeah. Derek Carr got himself a helluva wall to operate behind.
    KO being as versatile as he is means he probably starts at OG then slides to LT when Penn wraps it up, right? (Which could be around week 9, maybe next year – either way, Reggie ain’t gonna mortgage the future, so whatever the contract sounds like, you can bet it leans toward favoring the team when it all shakes out) Keeping Big Penn is great news. Just seems like the logical, practical move.

    RM + JDR = already more reason to believe than the previous 12-13 years of “front office” and the draft is still to come!! BPA ALL THE WAY

  26. raiderrob21 says: Mar 16, 2016 8:59 AM

    Yes! We doin big things here in the Bay Penn we need you back.


  27. ravensfan says: Mar 16, 2016 9:13 AM


    they paid $11.7 million for Kelechi Osemele to play guard!?!?!? He wasn’t even the best guard on the Ravens. (although he is a very good player)

  28. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 16, 2016 9:18 AM

    Andre Holmes and Penn resignings were huge. All we need on offense is more competition at RB. Latavius is good, be we need more consistency and less turnovers in key situations.

  29. grantepalmer says: Mar 16, 2016 9:27 AM

    Something else about all these FA contracts is the guaranteed money is all front-loaded (not like the contracts the Dolphins seem to sign), which means the Raiders will have salary cap room in 2017 and 2018 to sign their good young players.

  30. raiderrob21 says: Mar 16, 2016 9:30 AM

    stevent92 says:
    Mar 16, 2016 8:30 AM
    The thrill of playing on infield dirt

    We will play in the parking lot, on the sidewalk, wherever! It’s part of being a Raider and a Raider fan, you wouldn’t understand!


  31. ezwriter69 says: Mar 16, 2016 10:45 AM

    With 80 percent of all passing done from the shotgun or pistol, LT is no more important than RT, there IS no blindside anymore. Stupid that LT’s keep being paid more than RT, especially since the elite pass rushers are now almost all coming from the RT side — Watt, Miller, etc.
    Still, Silver and Black do now have as good a line as any in the AFC, and that IS crucial… but I have no doubt they’ll find a way to screw it up, as they have ever since Al screwed over Marcus Allen… karma still has this team in its ugly claws.

  32. davefromwork says: Mar 16, 2016 10:47 AM

    As a Raiders fan I’m happy to see them reach the deal with Penn, depending on how big of a deal they’re giving him. I think the biggest reason though is that it means Osomele can play his natural position, guard. Well, hopefully it means that. Watson needs to prove he’s ready to take RT and pick up where he left off before he was injured.

    I don’t buy all of the “best OL in the league” talk I’m reading though. Still think both tackles, Penn included, have some question marks. Like the guards and center, though.

  33. u4iadman says: Mar 16, 2016 10:49 AM

    Good signing.

    Anyone else think we need another solid RB though?

  34. jbraider says: Mar 16, 2016 10:51 AM

    ravensfan says:
    Mar 16, 2016 9:13 AM

    they paid $11.7 million for Kelechi Osemele to play guard!?!?!? He wasn’t even the best guard on the Ravens. (although he is a very good player)
    Yes but Osemele was, according to Pro Football Focus, Baltimore’s highest rated OT, which is where he will be a backup for the Raiders and perhaps eventual replacement for Penn. Besides, when your other OG is Marshall Yanda, being second best is no shame!

  35. badmoonrison says: Mar 16, 2016 11:21 AM

    Mr Penn, welcome back to the fold.

  36. ravenmadnky says: Mar 16, 2016 11:31 AM

    Things are looking up for the Raiders. They are a playmaker or two on defense away from being a playoff team.

  37. radrntn says: Mar 16, 2016 11:39 AM

    Yep Haters….hate on…he must have fell right into Reggie laps…….another core player……staying. Now who is the odd man out…has to be between Watson and Howard

    Go Raiders…..Go Reggie….

  38. djcologne says: Mar 16, 2016 12:04 PM

    Novo out and draft Ezekiel Elliott…… BOOM BABY!

  39. ron69 says: Mar 16, 2016 12:41 PM

    League take note, these Raiders are ready to overpower you.

  40. raidernut says: Mar 16, 2016 12:52 PM

    Pay Heed NFL, The Raiders are rising and ready to take over the AFC!!!

  41. laces out says: Mar 16, 2016 12:59 PM

    the Giants must feel like Groundskeeper Willie when he found out there was no such thing as Scotchtoberfest

  42. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 16, 2016 1:05 PM

    u4iadman says:
    Mar 16, 2016 10:49 AM

    Good signing.

    Anyone else think we need another solid RB though?
    Maybe they could use Olawale this year.. He’s a stud…

  43. raiderapologist says: Mar 16, 2016 2:07 PM

    Two years, 14M, first year guaranteed. Perfect. Now they can put their overpriced guard next to their overpriced center. Shaping up to be a fairly strong line.

  44. mdintino1420 says: Mar 21, 2016 6:57 PM

    Oakland fans won’t be able to enjoy this offensive line got very long if they don’t get a stadium deal done. It will be Las Vegas or San Antonio’s team soon. Oakland isn’t a legit NFL city because they can’t finalize a stadium deal.

    Hey Mark, when you move your team, leave the name and colors at the door.

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