He’s back. The Raiders got their Pro Bowl left tackle back at practice today. Earlier this week, the San Francisco Chronicle had reported he would be ending his holdout this week, and today, that holdout ended officially.
Donald Penn trotted onto the field to cheers from his teammates, according to media in attendance.
Donald Penn just trotted onto Raiders practice field in uni. Got a few cheers from teammates, slapped hands. Stretching next to Marshawn.— Phil Barber (@Skinny_Post) August 23, 2017
Penn’s holdout began the first day of camp and he was summarily placed on the reserve/did not report list. He remained in that status for the duration of training camp, which ended last week. Therefore he missed all 14 days of camp and the first practice back at the facility on Tuesday.
Penn was holding out in an attempt to receive a new contract from the Raiders. His $5.9 million base salary is currently 19th among left tackles and he is said to be looking to be paid like a top ten left tackle. That would put him around $11 million — nearly doubling his current salary.
A Pro Bowler in 2016, asking for top ten money is not crazy talk. He is 34 years of age, but so is Andrew Whitworth who just signed a new 3-year deal worth over $11 million per season.
Penn’s holdout didn’t yield him a new deal, but GM Reggie McKenzie has suggested that once his big left tackle returned they would discuss working out a new contract. Penn is entering the final year of his second 2-year deal with the Raiders.
The Raiders have not yet announced Penn’s return to the roster. Once they do, it will be accompanied by a corresponding move to make room on the roster.