Nov 24, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle Donald Penn (70) during the game at Ford Field. Tampa Bay won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Oakland Raiders Sign Free Agent LT Donald Penn

It took a few hiccups, but it appears the Oakland Raiders have a left tackle in place for 2014. According to a report, the Raiders have reached a deal with Donald Penn, who was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reported via Twitter:


The Raiders were unable to get incumbent left tackle Jared Veldheer to re-sign, losing him in free agency to the Arizona Cardinals. Oakland came to terms for former St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Rodger Saffold with ideas of moving him to left tackle, but he returned to the Rams after he failed his physical with the Raiders.

Penn was released Thursday after the Buccaneers signed free agent Anthony Collins. 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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