Raiders Approach LT Donald Penn About Pay Cut



Ian Rapoport confirms the report that the Raiders are asking veteran LT Donald Penn to take a “small pay cut” but it remains to be seen whether he’ll agree to rework his contract.

According to Rapoport, it’s possible the Raiders could consider trading Penn, depending on how things play out in the coming weeks.

Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Raiders have approached veteran LT Donald Penn about taking a pay cut.

According to Gehlken, Penn’s future with the Raiders may be contingent on reworking his contract.

Penn is currently on the PUP list as he works his way back from a Lisfranc fracture he suffered last year that ultimately required surgery.

Gehlken notes that $3 million of Penn’s $6 million salary is fully guaranteed for the 2018 season and he can earn another $2.35 million in bonuses and incentives this year. One option for the Raiders, according to Gehlken, would be to convert much, if not all, of his $3 million salary into bonuses or incentives.

Penn’s standing with the team has been in question since the Raiders used a first-round pick on OT Kolton Miller a few months ago. Since the, Oakland has been doing everything they can to get the rookie up speed, especially with Penn on the PUP list.

Penn, 35, originally signed on with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Utah State back in 2006. After a few months in Minnesota, Penn signed on with the Buccaneers during his rookie season and spent eight years in Tampa Bay before he was released back in 2014.

The Raiders signed Penn to a contract soon after before signing him to a $21M extension last year.

In 2017, Penn appeared in 14 games for the Raiders and is rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 23 offensive tackle out of 81 qualifying players.


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