The Oakland Raiders successfully kicked off the 2017 NFL season with a 26-16 win over the Tennessee Titans. The offense looked impressive with Derek Carr back under center as receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree were able to break free for a couple of impressive plays, while Jared Cook looked comfortable in his debut as the Raiders’ new starting tight end.
Carr was able to enjoy space in the pocket to make some of his down field reads due to Oakland’s impressive offensive line. Guards Kelechi Osemele and Gabe Jackson held their own against the Titans’ defensive linemen, but it was also encouraging to see Donald Penn protect Carr’s blind side once again.
Earlier in the summer, Penn decided to holdout from team activities in hopes of a contract extension, but later reported to the Raiders right before the season began. The veteran tackle stated he returned because of his teammates and according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, it appears he is one the verge of landing the extension he wanted:
#Raiders & LT Donald Penn are closing in on a 2-year extension, sources say. Should be done this week. He showed up, they kept their word.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 13, 2017
It seems that Penn ending his holdout will eventually pay off and he will continue to wear the silver and black for the future. This is a win-win move for both sides as Penn locks up more guaranteed money before retiring while the Raiders keep their offensive line intact as the team continues to improve.
With the 34-year-old looking like he will remain a Raider for the next couple of seasons, Oakland can now return its focus to its Week 2 matchup against the New York Jets. After beating a Titans team that many pegged to be a playoff contender, the Raiders should have no problem beating a rebuilding Jets squad.