It's combine week. It is the annual ritual where teams converge on Indianapolis to scout all the college football prospects. But it's also a time when a lot of business gets done, including teams meeting with their own free agent players. Such is the case with Raiders impending free agent left tackle Donald Penn.
A day after Penn had replaced all mention of the Raiders on his social media accounts and referred to himself as a Free Agent, and two weeks after he had said he was "disappointed' in the Raiders for not having had any contact with him for over a month since the season ended, he confirmed to me that the Raiders have contacted him and the two sides are going to meet up this week at the combine in Indianapolis.
Penn, who has spent the past two seasons in Oakland, has expressed that he would like to return to the team, but without mutual interest, he must prepare for the possibility he will enter the market and potentially be joining another team soon.
In some regard, the meeting is a positive. As opposed to no contact at all as had been the case for over a month. Though, it doesn't necessarily mean a deal to re-sign is any more likely. The Raiders could still be taking a 'wait and see' approach to their left tackle spot. Penn is about to turn 33 and the team is in position to potentially find a long term solution, whether in free agency or the draft.