Donald Penn out in Oakland

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After five years as the Raiders’ left tackle, Donald Penn will be elsewhere this season.

The Raiders and Penn jointly released a statement saying they had “mutually agreed to part ways.”

After Oakland signed Trent Brown, it was unclear whether Penn still had a place on the Raiders’ roster. Penn will turn 36 years old next month, and he missed 12 games last year. He had been slated to count $7.2 million against the Raiders’ salary cap this year.

Despite his age and injury history, Penn will have opportunities if he chooses to keep playing in 2019, and he indicated on social media that he still thinks he has multiple good seasons left in him. But the Raiders are moving on.

35 responses to “Donald Penn out in Oakland

  1. Good riddance. Penn should’ve been cut 2 years ago when he tried to hold the Raiders hostage with his holdout, but instead they caved. His play (2017, 2018) was horrible thereafter and he was the player who orchestrated the o-line not to protect Carr during the 2017 Redskins game. Penn, along with the Lynch acquisition and the replacement of Musgrave with Downing were the major reasons the Raiders regressed from 12-4 to 6-10 in 2017.

    Kolton Miller and Brandon Parker were Gruden 2018 draft busts who didn’t improve things. Hopefully Trent Brown (who was grossly overpaid) provides some decent OLT play.

  2. Will get a one year 3.75M deal that will likely be his last year in NFL; unless he shows he can still play at pre-2017 level.

  3. As long as he doesn’t come back to Tampa.

  4. araidersfan says:
    March 16, 2019 at 5:48 pm
    Good riddance. Penn should’ve been cut 2 years ago when he tried to hold the Raiders hostage with his holdout, but instead they caved. His play (2017, 2018) was horrible thereafter and he was the player who orchestrated the o-line not to protect Carr during the 2017 Redskins game. Penn, along with the Lynch acquisition and the replacement of Musgrave with Downing were the major reasons the Raiders regressed from 12-4 to 6-10 in 2017.

    Kolton Miller and Brandon Parker were Gruden 2018 draft busts who didn’t improve things. Hopefully Trent Brown (who was grossly overpaid) provides some decent OLT play.

    Wrong, Gruden wanted Derwin James, Shrek drafted Miller

  5. Sadly Penn is still better than Miller and Parker when 100% healthy. But it doesnt surprise me that we cut him loose. It wouldve been nice to restructure and keep him but i guess they can use the money to resign Lynch now since Bell is now taken.

    Resign Lynch and go DL and LB with the 1st 2 picks and maybe use that 3rd 1st to get Dexter Williams or someone dynamic to pair with him and build toward the future.

  6. Patriots need a left tackle. Or a left tackle mentor for Wynn.
    They said Trent Brown sucked, too, a total bust, so who knows.

  7. ” Hopefully Trent Brown (who was grossly overpaid) provides some decent OLT play.”

    Brown was excellent for the Pats last year but it was a contract year and now he’s been paid. If he remains motivated he should be a great pickup for the Raiders. He’s not going to forget what Scar coached him to do last season that improved his game. Its all about whether now he got the big money will he keep up the big effort he put out last season?

  8. @ It’s still wide right, Norwood

    If you’re going to call someone out by telling them they were wrong, you better have your info right. It’s a known fact that Gruden made all final calls when Reggie was there. Funyny thing is Reggie was the one who wanted James but Gruden listened to Cable talk up Miller and drafted him instead (their main target was McGlinchy who was picked 1 spot in front of them so they traded down and reached for a need at 15). Every rumor, every insider says this happened. I can’t stand Reggie but for once in his life he was right about something.

  9. Vonn Miller praised Trent Brown after a preseason game a couple years back. People who think that Brown only had one good year is very much mistaken. Frisco made a mistake getting rid of him for so little in return from New England, although they might have done it to repay the Patriorts for giving them a quarterback that other teams were willing to offer more for.

  10. Donald Penn is a big guy. What he doesn’t have is quick feet. He never did. He was easily beaten when he played for the Bucs. He has trouble with speed rushers. He was OK on running plays. I think now his age will be a factor with him continuing his career.

  11. heLLpaso says:
    March 16, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    @ It’s still wide right, Norwood

    If you’re going to call someone out by telling them they were wrong, you better have your info right. It’s a known fact that Gruden made all final calls when Reggie was there. Funyny thing is Reggie was the one who wanted James but Gruden listened to Cable talk up Miller and drafted him instead (their main target was McGlinchy who was picked 1 spot in front of them so they traded down and reached for a need at 15). Every rumor, every insider says this happened. I can’t stand Reggie but for once in his life he was right about something.

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    You sound like a SJ Mercury News hate article. They used NFL.COM as the experts for their rankings. At least they mentioned that it was rumored Balt and Clev wanted Miller also in the top 18.

  12. So with the releases of AJ McCarron and Penn we freed up $10 million this year. If we release Seth Roberts this trio of releases slots in to the Raiders cap and pays Antonio Brown’s salary this year. Hoping we draft Dalton Risner to give us more aggressive play and versatility (Risner can play 4 of the 5 line positions) on the line. Risner could take Osemele’s place or line up at right tackle to open the year. Speaking of lineman, how about the Panthers lineman Hearn getting knocked out at a bar this morning at 3am. Aptly named as he has a glass jaw like Tommy Hearns.

  13. Last year was Penn’s first serious injury in years, I do think he has 2 or so good years left in him. Arizona should move on from DJ Humphries saving the $9-10M they’re paying him this year on his 5th year option. Call up Penn and offer him a 2YR/$14M deal with $7 Guranteed, draft a new LT next year in the 2020 draft which is a stronger tackle draft. Atleast with Penn you can depend on him to play all 16 games.

  14. sigbouncer says:
    March 16, 2019 at 7:47 pm
    So with the releases of AJ McCarron and Penn we freed up $10 million this year. If we release Seth Roberts this trio of releases slots in to the Raiders cap and pays Antonio Brown’s salary this year. Hoping we draft Dalton Risner to give us more aggressive play and versatility (Risner can play 4 of the 5 line positions) on the line. Risner could take Osemele’s place or line up at right tackle to open the year. Speaking of lineman, how about the Panthers lineman Hearn getting knocked out at a bar this morning at 3am. Aptly named as he has a glass jaw like Tommy Hearns.
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    You have had a man crush on Dalton for a few months now…as far as the motor city cobra, i suggest you watch the fight with Hagler again— greatest 3 rounds in boxing history…

  15. Any Raider fan complaining about their OL will soon come to learn that they stink and will drink as long as Tom Cable is the OK coach. He was an absolute nightmare as the Seahawks OK coach for years and is once again showing how not to build\coach an OL. Gruden better cut the with him soon or the Raiders will too be a nightmare on O.

  16. I don’t understand all the negative comments about Donald Penn.
    Penn was a great free agent pick up from the Bucs by the Raiders and played well for many games.
    I wish him all the best, he’s just getting too old and is a cap casualty. Nature of the business.
    ‘araidersfan’ your regular rants in the comments section are embarrassing to real Raider fans. Support another team.

  17. I will can believe that our olone really did that to Carr. But I know it’s true because Grudens brother coaches the Redskins. I’m sure he know the truth. KO and now Penn gone.

  18. Father time remains undefeated unless you are Tom Brady. Best of luck big guy.

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