While the Oakland Raiders have made some substantial changes over the last couple of offseasons, Donald Penn is undoubtedly one of the more notable recent departures.
It is no secret the Raiders have ushered in somewhat of a rebuild upon the arrival of head coach Jon Gruden. This has resulted in Oakland parting ways with almost all of their Pro Bowl-caliber talent.
Penn now joins a rather extensive list of recent players to leave Oakland. Fortunately, the veteran does not have any hard feelings toward the organization.
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It is encouraging to see that Penn’s tenure in Oakland ended on good terms. It is safe to say that his stint with the Raiders was a successful one.
Penn signed with the team prior to the 2014 NFL season and helped anchor the protection for Derek Carr. He was ultimately selected to two Pro Bowls during his five years in Oakland.
His stint in Oakland got even more interesting when Gruden joined. It was a bit of a reunion between the two after they spent three seasons together with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Despite his success, Penn’s age and looming health concerns forced to the Raiders to find a potential replacement in Kolton Miller. Although Miller has not emerged as the team had hoped, they signed a bonafide left tackle in Trent Brown during free agency.
While he may have bid farewell to the Raiders, Penn made it clear that he still has plenty left in the tank. It will be interesting to see which team gives the 35-year-old a chance in free agency.