Oakland Raiders sign OT Donald Penn

This contract is way better than the one the Raiders gave to Rodger Saffold (5 years 42.5 million). The Raiders lucked out when Saffold failed his physical, though it is pretty pathetic that the Raiders needed a failed physical to prevent them from making a massive mistake. That being said, Donald Penn at 9.6 million over 2 years, with only 4.2 million in the first year guaranteed, is a very solid deal. Penn was cut by the Buccaneers because he was overpaid and they had a chance to get a better offensive tackle (Anthony Collins) for less money.

However, he’s still a solid player who graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 31st ranked offensive tackle last season and who has graded out above average on Pro Football Focus in each of the last 6 seasons. He’s going into his age 31 season and he has a history of weight problems, but he’s still a solid starting left tackle and he’s being very reasonable paid. That being said, it’s another case of the Raiders signing an over 30 player. What is their end game with this rebuild? They had plenty of cap room. Why didn’t they bring back Jared Veldheer to man the blindside or go after another top left tackle?

Grade: B+




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