When Donald Penn agreed to restructure his deal, a collective smile filled the fanbase. The Raiders keep a Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle. In a year of such transition and new faces, having 80 percent of the line is incredible. With Penn in the fold, Oakland gets deeper and better at a key position. As a result, the offense improves.
Granted, certain segments of any fanbase can puff their chests out and claim player disloyalty. However, fans forget that playing football remains an occupation. Some whine and complain about players making too much and being selfish. Yet, how many people ask for a raise or look for a better job every day? We all do. The disconnect between consumer and entitled remains razor-thin. Last year, Penn held out, only to receiver an extension. This year, the tables turned, the Raiders asked Penn to restructure his deal.
In reality, this agreement should show Penn as the ultimate team player. Granted, if he did not restructure, they would cut him. However, taking less money means that Penn truly want to be a Raider. While last year appears about obtaining a raise for elite play, this year appears like wanting to finish up with the Raiders
First thing to remember about Penn’s returning is how he will affect the offensive line. First, Penn’s imminent arrival of the PUP list means a great deal to Kolton Miller. The 2018 first-round draft pick will continue to see time at left tackle. Yet, whenever Penn returns, the Raiders will shift Miller to the right side. Certainly, Miller must adjust to this change. However, getting his feet wet on the right side while Penn operates the left could provide for an easier transition.
In years past, the Raiders failed numerous times to find a solid right tackle. Miller can give them a solid option. While Brandon Parker, Ian Silberman, David Sharpe, etc will occupy the depth chart behind him. While I have hammered the Raiders over Miller’s selection (wanted Edmunds or James0, I understand the need to solidify the edge.
As mentioned, when Penn lines up, the Raiders will employ four-fifths of one of the best offensive lines in football. You cannot place a high enough price on chemistry. This group guided Oakland to their first playoff appearance in over a decade. Next, Penn gives Marshawn Lynch and the backs a familiar face that they will know. Meanwhile, Derek Car’s blindside protector returns.
People will continue to shade Donald Penn’s contract choices. Under those circumstances, the most is to ignore then. Donald Penn, if healthy gives Oakland another key offensive cog.