For Donald Penn, weight could make him vulnerable (updated)


The best way to push an inconsistent player is to provide competition.

But the Buccaneers didn’t to that at offensive tackle, which could mean another year or putting up with troublesome weight issues for left tackle Donald Penn.

The 30-year-old tackle is still solid, but according to Mark Cook of, Cook has “failed to meet most of the weight clauses in his most recent contract.”

That apparently frustrates the organization, but it’s not like they gave themselves many choices.

They didn’t draft a tackle, and spent the big money in the offseason at other positions.

Penn’s safe for the short term, but since he’s owed $22 million over the next three years, it seems the Bucs will be looking for line help a year from now.

UPDATE 12:06 p.m. ET:  Penn contends that he’s in great shape and that the report from is false.

4 responses to “For Donald Penn, weight could make him vulnerable (updated)

  1. Failed to mention penn is one of the best left tackles in the league and that was with the pro bowl guard next to him out for the year! Many around nfl dont know how great he has played. ask john abraham! Calm down, it’s the offseason

  2. Also ask Jared Allen because Penn straight manhandled him last year with the exception of 1 play where Allen beat him.

  3. The problem is that he really hasn’t been an inconsistent player. Despite his weight issues, LT was simply not a position of need and the Bucs were right to focus their efforts elsewhere.

    If he’s money because he’s not hitting weight goals in his contract, that’s not the Bucs’ problem, as long as he keeps getting it done on the field.

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