We are now nine days into Donald Penn’s holdout from Raiders camp. He didn’t report with his teammates on July 28 because he’s unhappy with his contract which was to pay him $6.2 million this season in the second season of a two-year deal.
Since then, the Raiders have placed him on the reserve/failure to report list and there are no indications either side is going to budge anytime soon.
Reggie McKenzie came out last week and said “He has a deal so I want him in camp.”
That deal is one Penn feels he outplayed last season, when he made the Pro Bowl at the age of 33. Making the Pro Bowl suggests you are a top five at your position. According to Ian Rapoport, Penn wants to be among the top ten highest paid tackles in the league.
Penn has been making plans to head to St Louis to train with Hall of Fame left tackle, Orlando Pace, not packing for Napa or even planning to do so anytime soon.
The tenth highest paid left tackle is 35-year-old Andre Whitworth who got $11.25 million per season from the Rams on a free agent deal. So, it seems like Penn may have a case. Penn is currently the 19th highest paid left tackle, just below his predecessor, Jared Veldheer ($7.1 million).
Thus far Penn has been fined $280K for the practices he’s already missed. That number goes up $40K every day he isn’t here, so expect him to be out a lot more money before all is said and done.