For the second straight summer the Oakland Raiders and Donald Penn don’t see eye-to-eye on the present contract.
Last summer, Penn held out after a pro bowl season but Reggie McKenzie did not budge. Once Penn returned to the team, Oakland awarded him with a two-year $21 million contract.
So while it was Penn not seeing eye-to-eye last summer, it is now the Raiders who don’t agree with the current contract and have expressed interest in changing the terms of Penn’s deal, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Michael Gehlken.
But it is hard to fault Oakland as Penn is now one year older (35) and coming off an offseason foot surgery.
While Penn is still rehabbing from the injury and hasn’t returned to the field, his current contract would pay him $6 million in a base salary with the potential of bringing in another $2.35 million in incentives.
The incentives are mostly made up of a roster bonus worth $1.75 million total that pays him $109,375 per game that Penn is on the 46-man active roster.
If the Raiders chose to release Penn, the team would have to take on $3 million in dead money.
Oakland does have plenty of sound reasons to want Penn to take a pay cut with his age, injury history and the promising play from Kolton Miller. However, the team might want to be careful in this situation knowing the Khalil Mack saga is far from being resolved and it doesn’t look great to have two big names unsettled.