Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie on Donald Penn’s holdout: He has a deal

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Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie made it clear Monday that he wants — and expects — Donald Penn in training camp. McKenzie doesn’t sound as if he intends to negotiate with his left tackle.

“I want him in camp. He has a deal,” McKenzie said, via Jimmy Durkin of the Bay Area News Group.

Penn signed a two-year deal with the Raiders in March 2016 that calls for him to make a base salary of $5.8 million this season. Other bonuses and incentives can push the total to $7.15 million.

“Donald’s my guy,” McKenzie said. “. . .I’d love to have him. If you guys can go down to L.A. and drive him up I’d appreciate it.”

The Raiders gave up a league-low 18 sacks in 2016, and Penn made his second Pro Bowl. The only sack Penn allowed last season was in Week 16 against the Colts when quarterback Derek Carr broke his right fibula.

The team can fine Penn up to $40,000 a day for his holdout.

“Just worried about getting him up here. Ain’t worried about fining him,” McKenzie said, via Michael Gelhkin of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Raiders have Marshall Newhouse, 2017 fourth-rounder David Sharpe and 2017 seventh-rounder Jylan Ware among the team’s tackles.

16 responses to “Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie on Donald Penn’s holdout: He has a deal

  1. Takes a LOT of moxie for an aging vet to holdout like this after the one sack he gave up cost them their franchise QB’s knee and any hope of a playoff run!

  2. The only reason I know Donald Penn at all is from the time he got Jared Allen all fired up and then proceeded to give up a sack to him on the very next play.

  3. Donald you just signed this deal last year. C’mon my brother…show up and just play- you are still in the top half of the NFL in total pay- 7 million is still good $$$. I get where you are coming from, but you just signed this deal last year. Maybe if anything, Reggie can sign you to a new 2 year deal worth 15 million.

  4. This is Big Reggie’s first real test as a GM.

    The fact that he’s not going to cave to Penn’s demands – Passes with flying colors.

    Next man up

  5. Willing to bet Reggie’s telling DP’s agent that he would consider extending his contract an extra year & sweeten the pot an extra mil for 2017 but ONLY if he gets into camp pronto. I have strong doubts that the Raiders are ready to go w/ Newhouse, Alexander, Sharpe & a potential rookie as their OT rotation in 2018.

  6. You can’t count on hitting the FA jackpot twice in a row at the same position to replace DP next year; moving Osemele over from LG to LT takes a dominant interior lineman & exposes him to a steady diet of speed rushers- bad idea. They’re not ready to count on Alexander & Sharpe for next year unless they totally ball out this year in hopefully limited opportunities.

  7. Penn just wants to avoid the grind of camp. He knows he is indispensable, has leverage to skip camp, but he knows he wont get a pay raise. Without him long term you have to move Osemele to LT, put rookie Donald Sharpe at LG and move Newhouse back to RT. He will report just as camp is about over so as not to miss any of the millions the Raiders are paying him.

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