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Raiders LT Donald Penn Officially Ends Holdout

Raiders LT Donald Penn officially ended his holdout on Wednesday and reported to the team for their practice, according to Paul Gutierrez.

  • According to Ian Rapoport, Penn showed up today in good faith, as the Raiders wanted him to attend practice before possibly redoing his contract.

Earlier in the week, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Penn was expected to end his holdout at some point this week, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise.

Penn has missed the past 26 days of training camp while seeking a pay raise that would boost his 2017 salary to something closer to market value. However, Tafur mentioned that it’s unlikely the Raiders and Penn will have a new deal in place once he returns.

Even so, Tafur believes negotiations could pick up and he will likely get his contract guaranteed for at least this year.

Penn, 34, 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 to a contract soon after and brought him back on a two-year, $11.9 million contract that included $5 million guaranteed last year. Penn stands to make a base salary of $5.8 million for the 2017 season.

In 2016, Penn appeared in all 16 games for the Raiders and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 12 offensive tackle out of 77 qualifying players.

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