A year ago, the Redskins were forced to sign longtime NFL left tackle Donald Penn in the middle of training camp, due to the uncertainty surrounding seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams' holdout. Penn played in all 16 games for Washington a year ago, starting 15, and was serviceable at the position.
Although Penn turns 37 in just a few weeks, he doesn't want to hang up the cleats just yet. With Williams' situation still in limbo for the 2020 season, Penn is reportedly interested in a return to Washington in 2020, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.
Meanwhile, I also spoke to free agent tackle Donald Penn last night. He told me he's not planning to retire and he wants to play next season. He's also open to returning to the Redskins as one possibility.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 19, 2020
The Redskins still have a major hole at the position, especially since Williams is unlikely to play another snap in the Burgundy and Gold.
Penn is not getting any younger, but there is no better option currently on the Redskins roster. The only left tackle Washington currently has under contract is Geron Christian, the team's third-round pick in 2018 who has not shown much promise.
As the team has undergone major organizational changes this offseason, such as firing longtime team president Bruce Allen and athletic trainer Larry Hess, there was hope Williams would return to Washington. But the left tackle wants a new contract, and after sitting down new head coach Ron Rivera, the team granted him permission to seek a trade.
Reports emerged last season that Williams was unhappy with the Redskins medical staff due to misdiagnosing a cancerous growth on his head for nearly six years. He held out all of training camp and the first eight weeks of the season, hoping to be traded. Williams reported to the facility just minutes before the trade deadline and planned to return to the field, but the Redskins placed him on the Non-Football Injury list days later after the left tackle cited helmet discomfort. The move ended Williams' season, without No. 71 ever playing a snap.
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