The Raiders have signed free agent offensive tackle, Donald Penn to a deal, according to various reports and first reported by NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. The veteran offensive tackle became a cap casualty by the Buccaneers last week as the team signed free agent tackle, Anthony Collins. He immediately became the top name in free agency and was being considered by the Raiders and Redskins.
The 30-year-old Penn had been the starter at left tackle in Tampa Bay the past seven seasons and he hasn't missed a start since getting the job. That is as durable as you can get and certainly had to be a draw in the Raiders interest in the FA after voiding the deal with Saffold over injury concerns. Hopefully Oakland won't let him leave without a contract in hand.
The 6-5, 305 pound protector had was at one time named the Buccaneers franchise player. He later signed a 6-year, $41.7M deal to play Left Tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in 2010.
Raiders Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson have a history with Penn from when Olson was the OC in Tampa Bay and the Raiders had a need at left tackle so the deal made a lot of sense.
He is expected to fill the void at left tackle that opened up when the Raiders let Jared Veldheer be signed away in free agency by the Arizona Cardinals.