Why Donald Penn needs to report to training camp before getting a new deal
If you pay attention to the NFL and how it does business, about nine times out of ten it is usually pretty shady. Given that, before we discuss the Oakland Raiders, Donald Penn and his contract, I would like to state that about 99% of the time, I am usually on the players side when it comes to contract disputes.
Players in today’s NFL are getting an extremely raw deal in terms of how much they are currently compensated. From the grand scheme of things, NFL players are grossly underpaid, when you factor in them putting their bodies and relative livelihood on the line on Fall/Winter Sunday’s.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s discuss why Penn should report to training camp. If you recall last offseason, when Penn was an unrestricted free agent, he desperately wanted to finish his career out in Silver and Black. He was granted that wish, by being signed to a 2-year, $11.9 million deal.
After a Pro Bowl campaign in 2016, it was clear that the Raiders were getting a good bargain with Penn. Obviously, Penn felt that he was underpaid, which is why we are here today.
Before signing his deal in 2016, I have to ask, why did Penn elect for a 2-year deal? If Penn would have instead signed a 1-year deal and bet on himself, he could have indeed cashed in this offseason.
You could argue that because Penn is 34 years old, that maybe he wanted more security, which is what lead to a 2-year deal. A rebuttal to that could be, you cannot have it both ways. You can’t expect full security and to be paid like a top-tier left tackle at 34 years old.
I completely understand Penn’s frustration, but he is not the only frustrated one. General manager, Reggie McKenzie was interviewed earlier this week, and he was quoted as saying “I want him in camp, he has a deal. I want him in camp. We don’t talk contracts unless a guy’s here.”
Penn and McKenzie have grown close over the past few years, but it appears that McKenzie is willing to play hard ball if it comes down to it.
I personally believe that Penn not being in camp will not hurt the Raiders. He is a veteran who is fairly familiar with the offensive system and continuity. If anything, this is more like an extended vacation for Donald, that just happens to cost him as much as $40,000 for every day he extends this “vacation”.
In the end, I believe that Penn will get the money he rightfully deserves, but it might have to be on Reggie McKenzie’s time which means nothing happens until he gets to camp.
- August 2, 2020
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- Gagan Aujla