Donald Penn held out during training camp because he wanted more money. But his hold out didn’t last all the way through the preseason because his teammates convinced him to come back.
So prior to the Raiders third preseason game, Penn was back at practice. And now the Raiders have rewarded Penn with a contract extension.
The #Raiders and LT Donald Penn have agreed to terms of a 2-year, $21M extension, sources say. He gets guarantees into 2018.????????— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2017
Penn’s original deal ended after this season. His base salary is $5.8 million for 2017. Now he’ll make an average of $10 million over the next two seasons. According to Spotrac, this will take Penn from the 22nd-highest paid offensive lineman to the second-highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL.
It shows a level of loyalty by the Raiders that isn’t always found in the NFL. General manager Reggie McKenzie said at the beginning of training camp that he would not negotiate with a player who was holding out. He would only negotiate when Penn showed up to practice.
Now Penn has his new deal, even if it came a week later than he expected.
It appears to be a great deal for the Raiders, where in the best case scenario Penn continues to be one of the best left tackles in the league and the team doesn’t have to worry about that position for three more seasons. But if the 34-year-old Penn struggles, the Raiders can cut ties without shelling out the full value of the contract.
Key for #Raiders & LT Donald Penn: If he plays well in 2017, he gets guarantees into the final year (2019). Avg $10M in final 2 years.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2017
Even with a conditional commitment, the Raiders have made it clear they don’t plan to go cheap on the offensive line.
- Rodney Hudson is signed through 2019 with his base salary rising to $8.25 million.
- Kelechi Osemele is signed through 2020 with his base salary rising to $11.2 million.
- Gabe Jackson is signed through 2022 with his base salary rising to $9.35 million.
While they may be saving money on the defensive side of the ball, the Raiders plan to keep quarterback Derek Carr safe and the offense humming at peak levels.
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