Report: Donald Penn, Raiders close on two-year extension

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When Raiders left tackle Donald Penn began his holdout this year, General Manager Reggie McKenzie said that he wouldn’t talk about a new deal with Penn or any player unless they were taking part in team activities.

Penn returned to work in late August and said at the time that he had faith that the team would address his contract at some point this year. That point appears to be approaching quickly.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the two sides are close to finalizing a two-year contract extension. Penn is in the final year of a two-year deal he signed in 2016 and has a base salary of $5.8 million.

Penn has started every game the Raiders have played since he joined the team in 2014 and has not missed a game since making his regular season debut with the Buccaneers in the first week of the 2007 season. He’s been effective in addition to durable and the combination looks like it will keep him in silver and black for a while longer.

12 responses to “Report: Donald Penn, Raiders close on two-year extension

  1. I’m not too enthusiastic about this. Penn is 34 now and he could go downhill in a hurry at any time (Art Shell played until he was 36 but Shell was an all-time NFL great). They will need a replacement OLT very soon and I thought it would be Osemele. However if McKenzie inks Penn to a pay-as-you go contract with minimal signing bonus then I can live with this because if Penn hits the career wall then the Raiders would be able to cut him before the 2 years are up with no real dead cap money implications.

  2. He just signed a contract last year…LAST YEAR.
    And he’s 34 years old, good thing the qb left money on the table for this foolishness.

  3. Kind of a “we have to” move. It ensures he will be back on the roster next year, but like araidersfan above said, he’s 34 now (will be 35 when this extension kicks in) and if he’s still their starting left tackle in 2019 then they have problems. Honestly i’d be surprised if he even sees the 2nd year of this extension, they just need him to stick around for now while they look for the future.

    Also, i hope there’s a “if you whiff on a block that leads to our franchise QB getting his leg broken right before the playoffs” clause in his contract, so the team can get their money back if he ruins another playoff run before it even starts.

  4. Reggie is getting the rep of a tough but fair negotiator. The team’s young talent gets paid, and top tier free agents will find the money and deals fair and market competitive. Add in the fact that the team will soon be playing in Nevada, and the money the Raiders pay their players will add up to significantly more in Nevada without state income tax. It will be an advantage for the team to play the tax advantage card when attracting free agents and could be the deciding factor for players when considering whether to play for the Raiders, or another team that will net them less in the pocketbook for the same contract.

  5. kcrobert10 says:
    September 13, 2017 at 5:21 pm
    Dee ford, Justin Houston, von miller, joey bosa approve….

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    why? none of them really have had any success against him

  6. kcrobert10 says:
    September 13, 2017 at 5:21 pm
    Dee ford, Justin Houston, von miller, joey bosa approve….

    They do? Like last year when Penn gave up a whole 1 sack? That was to the Colts. Congrats on jumping on the KC bandwagon or just starting to watch the NFL I’m not sure which.

  7. Penn is a cornerstone player. Regardless of age, he’s playing at a pro-bowl level right now and has for the last few seasons. He’s a tone setter, team leader and fan favorite. What else does a guy have to do to get a raise?
    The combination of Hudson (thanks KC!), Osemele and Penn on that left side are formidable. Let’s keep that together.

  8. it’s probably consists of two one year deal for around 17.5 million total. I am sure the Raiders will structure it where they can cut him with no dead space after one year if they want. I also expect the Raiders to draft an OT in next years draft on day one or two.

  9. This time Donald Penn better read the contract and agree to it unlike he did the last contract he signed. He has this year and maybe next to be at the top of his game, after that who can tell? Just honor your agreement this time and quit crying.

  10. To think the Bucs cut him three years ago, and had to burn a 2nd round pick on his position that year. To cut someone who has 5 more good years was a huge mistake. It’s sort of great though for the Bucs, because without doing that and other dumb move, they couldn’t have drafted Jameis Winston following that horrendous season.

    Jets and others seem to be following that blueprint, but on the Bucs I think it was just dumb moves by Lovie Smith.

  11. He was just looking for an excuse to get out of training camp. Good move for an old savvy veteran to try and get a contract extension out of it.

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