The Raiders have had a huge hole at left tackle this preseason. But Donald Penn is back.
The 34-year-old, who was one year left on a deal that pays him $6.3 million, was seeking a deal that better valued his production. He has been ranked as one of the top offensive lineman in the NFL last season but will be paid as just the 16th best left tackle this season.
But for the first time this preseason, Penn showed up to Raiders practice.
Yesterday Derek Carr said he was looking forward to getting his left tackle back.
“It would mean a lot if that’s what he decides to do,” Carr said. “He’s our teammate. We want all of our teammates here. We want to work hard together. We want to be together. We want to joke together. It is more than just football. We want to be there in his life with him. It would mean a lot and obviously I would love it.”
Apparently it was Penn’s teammates that convinced him to return.
For weeks, #Raiders LT Donald Penn was getting lobbied by teammates, including vocal support from Marshawn Lynch. Finally, it worked.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 23, 2017
Now the Raiders can start getting ready for the regular season with an offensive line that they will start. With Penn absent Marshall Newhouse has been working at left tackle and Vadal Alexander getting the reps at right tackle.
Now Newhouse will move over to right tackle and Alexander will head to the second unit.
Raiders Starting Offensive Line
- LT Donald Penn
- LG Kelechi Osemele
- C Rodney Hudson
- RG Gabe Jackson
- RT Marshall Newhouse
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