New Oakland Raiders left tackle Donald Penn apparently has some unfinished business with his former employer, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio’s Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt, Penn says the new leadership in Tampa—general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith—weren’t straight with him before he was cut last week.
“The way Tampa did me kind of left a bad taste in my mouth,” Penn said. “I kind of wish they were on the schedule, but they’re not. I still appreciate what I did there in my eight years, appreciate the owners and everybody that gave me my opportunity. I built a great relationship there. But the way they did it at the end, it wasn’t right in my book. I’m a grown man and they could have treated me like a grown man.”
According to Penn, the new coaching staff led him to believe he was part of their plans.
“I talked to Lovie twice,” Penn said. “Everything was great, we talked good, they told me they were looking forward to working with me. Then I started seeing all these reports.”
It was through media reports that Penn found out the Buccaneers were planning on releasing him.
Penn signed a two-year, $9.6 million deal with the Raiders earlier this week.