Donald Penn

Former Raiders tackle Donald Penn selling Los Angeles mansion for $5.2M


Former Raiders tackle Donald Penn selling Los Angeles mansion for $5.2M

Los Angeles native Donald Penn spent five seasons with the Raiders, where he twice earned All-Pro honors as a tackle.

He was cut by the team in March before he was signed by Washington in July. This means it was time for him to bid adieu to his 11,000-square-foot digs in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles.

He put his eight-bedroom, 11-bathroom mansion up for sale for $5.2 million, according to TMZ Sports

The property includes a private theater, game room with a bar, a pool (of course), two walk-in closets -- one of which is strictly for shoes -- and a private gym and sauna. 


Donald Penn, Raiders mutually agree to part ways after five seasons


Donald Penn, Raiders mutually agree to part ways after five seasons

The Raiders released veteran offensive tackle Donald Penn, the team announced Saturday afternoon.

Technically speaking, anyway. This transaction came with softer, more respectful phrasing. The Raiders and their longest-tenured player have mutually agreed to part ways.

The move was telegraphed by three things: 1. The Raiders drafted two offensive tackles, including first-rounder Kolton Miller, last year. 2. They paid Trent Brown $36.25 million guaranteed on a four-year deal worth way more if he sees it through. And … 3. The Raiders need to free up some cash after spending heavy through the first week of free agency.

Penn no longer held a prominent place on the depth chart, plus his release saves $5.475 million against the cap and takes $4.5 million in base salary off the books. Penn had $1.75 million in guaranteed money in 2019, though it’s uncertain if that sum held during a discussed parting of ways.

That’s the business end. This cut was handled differently from most, considering Penn’s years of quality service in Silver and Black. He came aboard in 2014 and helped then-rookie quarterback Derek Carr survive a 10-game losing streak to start the season. He had two Pro Bowl seasons with the team and was part of dominant Raiders offensive line during a 2016 playoff season.

That’s why the Raiders rolled out the red carpet for Penn walking out the door. He is not, however, walking into the sunset. He has no plans to retire and wants to return to left tackle after one year on the right. His career will continue, but the Raiders wanted to give him a proper sendoff.

“It is always hard to say goodbye to players that you respect and love both for their on-field efforts and the people that they are off the field,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a team-issued statement. “Donald Penn is another one of those great Raiders who have come into the organization and left an indelible mark on the franchise and the Raider Nation as a whole. He came to Oakland already with a deep passion for Raiders football and served as a leader and example for the team for five memorable seasons.

"Donald will always be a Raider and his presence will be missed by the entire Raiders Family. I wish the absolute best for Donald and his family.”

Penn was involved in the community with his annual Thanksgiving turkey handouts, which gave holiday meals to dozens of needy families in the East Bay. He also sponsored a “shop with a jock” event that provided toys for impoverished children around Christmas.

Penn was an excellent left tackle for years until injuries started to drag him down. He suffered a knee injury that held him out of a playoff game in the 2016 season, and he suffered a foot injury just before 2017 ended.

He still was recovering from the foot ailment when Miller was drafted. Penn was moved to right tackle to clear a path for the young buck, but a groin injury ended his season early. He never returned off IR, and won’t play in silver and black again.

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He will play elsewhere, a point made clear in a farewell message to Raiders fans that includes some not-so-subtle hints that he’ll return to left tackle.

“I’ve got a lot of football LEFT!” he wrote.

Raiders' once dominant offensive line needs some help after down year

Raiders' once dominant offensive line needs some help after down year

INDIANAPOLIS – The Raiders signed offensive lineman Denzelle Good to a one-year contract extension, as the team announced Saturday morning.

Smart move.

The versatile veteran played well in three starts at right guard at last season’s end, growing quickly within the system after signing with the Raiders in Week 14.

He won’t play there permanently. Right guard is Gabe Jackson’s spot. Will be for years.

Good’s return addresses depth issues exposed last season, when a once-dominant offensive line fell on hard times.

The unit gave up 52 sacks, the highest total since Derek Carr became the Raiders' starting quarterback in 2014. It struggled against the run at times, limited what an already deficient unit could do offensively.

Center Rodney Hudson wasn’t a problem. He was as great as ever, possibly the Raiders best player regardless of position. Jackson and Kelechi Osemele struggled with injury. The flanks were suspect thanks to rookie tackles starting on the left and right.

One bad year, however, doesn’t necessitate a complete overhaul. Hudson is a lock at center, and Gabe Jackson will be back at right guard. The Raiders have great confidence in 2018 first-round pick Kolton Miller, who will return to left tackle. It’s not hyperbole to say the Raiders think he’ll be a Pro Bowler several times over despite his rookie struggles while battling through significant knee issues.

Last year’s third-round right tackle Brandon Parker was forced into action after Donald Penn landed on IR early, and struggled mightily at times. Growth is expected in his second year – he’s training with Jackson, and bulking up – but it’s no lock he’s able to be the consistent presence needed on the right.

The Raiders will look to add competition there through free agency or the draft, even with Donald Penn returning in his mid-30s. While he might go too high for the Raiders liking, the coaching staff liked Kansas State’s Dalton Risner at the Senior Bowl. He could be an option at the right spot, among several others in the draft.

Osemele has been dominant but makes roughly $10 million next season and can be cut without dead money attached, so there’s some mild uncertainty about his return even if it’s still expected.

“It was up and down a little bit, but he’s a starting left guard in the NFL,” Raiders GM Mike Mayock said. “There aren’t all that many guys in that category.”

The Raiders have a big decision to make regarding Jon Feliciano, a swing interior lineman who has been invaluable in recent seasons. He’s set for unrestricted free agency, and has proven a capable starter in this league.

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There could be competition for his services – he has put plenty of good work on film – and losing him would be a blow. Good could step into that role inside, though backup center would still be required.

The Raiders don’t need to completely retool the offensive line like several other position groups.