Penn had held out the entirety of training camp in a contract dispute. According to the report, and judging by Reggie McKenzie’s words during camp, Penn’s return isn’t due to him receiving a raise from his $5.9 million base salary this season — the 19th highest paid left tackle in the NFL.
“I want him in camp,” McKenzie said on July 31. “He has a deal, so I want him in camp.”
McKenzie has suggested that negotiations can start when Penn returns and hopefully that will happen. Penn deserves at very least to receive a new, incentive laden deal that would allow him to earn top ten left tackle money should he perform at a Pro Bowl level again this season as he did in 2016.
Practice resumes on Tuesday as the team prepares to head to Dallas for their third preseason game.