Nov 11, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle Donald Penn (70) catches the ball for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Oakland Raiders To Host T Donald Penn

If Jared Veldheer was Plan A and Rodger Saffold was Plan B, does this mean former Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle Donald Penn is Plan C for the Oakland Raiders?

According to a report, Penn—released by Tampa Bay on Thursday after the Buccaneers signed free agent Anthony Collins—is coming to Oakland for a visit with the Raiders.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, via Twitter:


Penn made 108 straight starts at left tackle for the Bucs after winning the job four games into the 2007 season and was a Pro Bowler in 2010.

He signed a six-year contract with the Bucs after that Pro Bowl season and was scheduled to make $6.75 million in 2014. His pass protection slumped last season, but the 31-year-old became the best tackle available on the market when he was cut.

The 6-foot-5, 340-pound Penn was an undrafted free agent out of Utah State in 2006 and spent time with the practice squads for both the Vikings and Bucs in 2006 before making the 53-man roster for Tampa Bay in 2007.

Penn, who will be 31 on April 27, has also been an infrequent weapon in the passing game, with three career receptions and two touchdown catches. He scored a one-yard touchdown on Nov. 11 in a 22-19 win over Miami on a tackle-eligible play and also caught a touchdown pass in 2010 against the 49ers.

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  • James Schroeder

    Veldeer wasn’t part of the plan as he wanted too much money from Oakland, Saffold was a huge mistake signing as he can’t stay healthy to save his career so after having buyers remorse they fabricated a story to release him. Unfortunately, Collins was snatched up before the Raiders had their shot at him, So Penn is really the only option. For now… He was a pro bowler so he has upside. They just need to bring it out of him. Assuming they sign him of course.

    • KloverJane

      He one big burly bastard for sure. I like the fact that he’s not injury prone in three different areas like Saffron lol. Maybe Reggie could call Veldeer and an offer him 42 million to fail his physical with that triceps…the autumn wind cometh.

      • Gus Gustoffson