Donald Penn

With new contract, Penn can 'live out a childhood dream,' retire a Raider

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With new contract, Penn can 'live out a childhood dream,' retire a Raider

ALAMEDA – Donald Penn planned to seriously consider retirement after the 2017 season. That was back in early 2016, right after the left tackle signed a second two-year deal with the Raiders.

His body treated him right, but he wanted quality time with his family. He didn’t want one year too many to hinder that, especially laying it all on the line for a struggling team.

Penn played but one playoff game at that point, experiencing three winning seasons. At that point, it had been a while. Then the Raiders went 12-4 last season, and Penn had career year.

His mindset changed. The itch came back. He wasn’t ready for a swan song. Not quite yet.

Penn wasn’t done playing. He was done being a free agent. He wanted a raise to represent his play compared to other offensive tackles. He wanted an outline toward an actual end game, and he wanted to finish with the NFL team he first loved spending childhood Sundays with family at L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

A two-year, $20.6 million contract extension signed Friday got that done. It doesn’t include new money this season, the Las Vegas Review Journal reports, but provides some future guarantees and should compensate him well until the deal expires after 2019.

“There was a lot of doubt (about getting a new deal),” Penn said. “I didn’t want to hit free agency again. I told them, ‘You know how much I love you guys. Show me how much you guys love me back, and let’s get this done so I can retire a Raider.’

“I’m blessed that (owner Mark Davis) and the Raiders have that love, and I’m going to be able to live out my childhood dream.”

That will be finishing up in silver and black hopefully, Penn says, with a championship to his credit.

His quest for a new deal prompted a contract holdout. His love for teammates and a quest for glory brought him back Aug. 23 without a new deal in place.

“My mission is to help return us to greatness,” Penn said. “We’ve taken steps forward, but that mission isn’t complete. We have a good thing here and I didn’t want to leave. That’s a reason why I came in early on the holdout. If this contract didn’t happen…a Super Bowl championship is priceless. That’s what I was looking at when I came in early, sucked up my pride and went back to the mission. I’m not going to miss a chance to get to the Super Bowl. They kept their word and did everything possible and we got a deal done.”

Source: Penn, Raiders agree on two-year contract extension

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Source: Penn, Raiders agree on two-year contract extension

Raiders left tackle Donald Penn missed 26 preseason days holding out for a new contract. He reported to the Raiders without one.

Ultimately, however, the protest worked because Penn agreed to terms on a two-year, $21 million contract extension, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports California.

The deal provides guaranteed money next season.

And, more important for both sides, it never got ugly. The strong bond between Pro Bowler and front office remains intact, with both sides eventually happy with the outcome.

Penn got more money. The Raiders can retain a top-tier left tackle a little while longer.

NFL Network first reported the news on Friday morning.

Exact terms of the deal aren’t immediately known, but if Penn plays well this season, he’ll reportedly get guaranteed money in 2019.

That would push into his 14th season and age 36, though he plays a position with a longer shelf life.

Having Penn around also locks up the Raiders offensive line for a long time. Penn, Kelechi Osemele, Rodney Hudson and Gabe Jackson are contracted through the 2019 season.

It wasn’t certain Penn would be around this long. He seemed content to ride out his pre-extension contract and then spend more time with his family. Then the Raiders started winning and his performance reached new heights, inspiring Penn to continue this unlikely NFL run.

Once an undrafted rookie from Utah State, Penn played eight seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He got cut after a regrettable 2013 season where he allowed 12 sacks, but quickly joined the Raiders. General manager Reggie McKenzie swooped him up and Penn experienced a career renaissance as the only NFL blindside protector Derek Carr has ever had.

He re-signed with the club in the 2016 offseason, allowed but one sack – produced by an ill-times slip, and Carr consequently got hurt – and made his first Pro Bowl.

That led to the final year off a deal that didn’t match his worth, so Penn sat out training camp in protest, and ultimately returned for his teammates and on faith the Raiders would come through. They promised to do so, and stuck to their word.

A source said talks ramped up this week and a deal got done that ends a prolonged contract issue that produced few ill effects. Penn was able to return in time to play Sunday’s regular-season opener. The Raiders wanted that. A new deal came shortly after. Penn wanted that. Both sides end up happy with more guaranteed money and security across the offensive line.

Report: Raiders, Donald Penn ‘closing in on’ two-year extension

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Report: Raiders, Donald Penn ‘closing in on’ two-year extension

ALAMEDA – The Raiders are closing in on a two-year contract extension through the 2019 season with Donald Penn, NFL Network reported Wednesday afternoon. That’s what he wanted and didn’t get in July, when the Raiders left tackle missed training camp in a contract holdout.

Penn returned on Aug. 23 without a new deal. Penn sacrificed leverage for proper prep time and teammates that were counting on him to perform.

The Raiders also told Penn a new deal would come in time if he reported. He believed them. That faith has nearly been rewarded.

A league source told NBC Sports California on Tuesday that the Raiders and Penn were talking contract, and this week was big in that process.

Penn was set to become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. He loves playing here and wants to continue that a while even at 34 years old.

Penn had certainly earned a raise. He currently has a $5.8 million base salary in 2017 with $750,000 in incentives worked into the deal, a total far lower than some of the NFL’s best tackles. Penn played like one last year, giving up just one sack while proving an excellent run blocker.