Donald Penn held out for half the preseason because he wanted to be paid like a top 10 lineman. According to the Review Journal, the Raiders promised to do that for him.
“That’s what they told me, so we’re going to see,” Penn told the Review Journal. “We still have a couple days this week, so we’ll see what happens.”
Penn is scheduled to make $5.8 million this season in base salary. The top 10 NFL offensive lineman have base salaries of at least $7.75 million, with Washington’s Trent Williams topping the list at $11.25 million, per Spotrac.
Penn is 34-years old and in the final year of his deal. He appears to be in line for one more big contract in his career. And he thinks it is coming from the Raiders.
He seems to have his ended his holdout, not with a new deal like he wanted, but rather with a promise of a new deal.
It is unclear how Penn will respond if he doesn’t get a bigger salary by the time the season kick offs on Sunday in Nashville, but it appears he will play this season regardless. A move that would give the Raiders all of the power.
Through the offseason the Raiders have been patient – to a fault. Derek Carr reportedly complained that the team was taking too long to begin contract talks for his $125 million extension. And 1st-round pick Gareon Conley was the last NFL draft pick to sign with his team, as his negotiation lasted into training camp.
Penn is a part of an offensive line that is needed to keep Carr and that mega contract safe. The Raiders surrendered the fewest sacks in the NFL last season, so keeping Penn happy could go a long way towards keeping the Raiders successful in 2017.
But with Penn nearing the end of his career, the Raiders likely don’t want to sink to much of a commitment into him. Especially with the Raiders looking to save money at kicker and linebacker, the idea of spending more money on a 34-year old lineman.
Raiders Offensive Line 2017 Salary Cap Hits
- LT Donald Penn | 34 years old | $7.15 million
- LG Kelechi Osemele | 28 years old | $13.5 million
- C Rodney Hudson | 28 years old | $6.95 million
- RG Gabe Jackson | 26 years old | $10.6 million
- RT Marshall Newhouse | 28 years old | $1.75 million
Numbers courtesy of Spotrac
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