Donald Penn: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent OT

Free-agent offensive tackle Donald Penn is reportedly one of the Oakland Raiders' first orders of business as they embark on a crucial offseason.  

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Penn Will Have Suitors If He Hits Free Agency Monday, Feb. 29 Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Penn "will be more coveted" once the Buffalo Bills franchise tag Cordy Glenn, adding the offensive tackle has a "strong market."

Raiders Looking to Lock Up Penn Monday, Feb. 29 Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported the buzz on Penn, who was key in Oakland's noticeable step forward in 2015 when it went from 3-13 to 7-9 under new coach Jack Del Rio.

Penn Important to Carr's Growth as Raiders' Franchise QB Penn started all 16 games and was tasked with protecting quarterback Derek Carr's blind side at left tackle.

Carr's cannon arm was unleashed on the NFL in 2015 after a rookie season full of dink-and-dunk passes. He capitalized more on his arm talent and showed promise he could be the Raiders' franchise QB, throwing for 3,987 yards and 32 touchdowns to only 13 interceptions.

As of an interview earlier in February with (via's Scott Bair), though, Penn said he hadn't even discussed a potential return to the team since the season ended:

I'm not going to lie. I'm a little disappointed in the Oakland Raiders right now...That's just me being honest. I don't talk to my agent about deals during the season because I like to focus on my play. But, going into the offseason we talked and my agent said he talked to the team and they said they want me back and want me back. That's what they told me before I left, but I haven't heard from them since the season ended.

But Penn did add he has a "great relationship" with Carr and the rest of the offensive line. If the Raiders do in fact want Penn back, they'd be wise to commence negotiations in prompt fashion.
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Oakland Raiders