The Raiders are building a new offensive line.
Oakland announced on Saturday it parted ways with offensive tackle Donald Penn.
“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,” said Raiders owner Mark Davis. “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 responded to his release via Twitter, thanking Oakland for a great experience. But he thinks he still has a lot of football left.
— Donald Penn (@DPENN70) March 16, 2019
The Raiders made former Patriots tackle Trent Brown the highest paid offensive lineman in football this offseason, signing him to a four-year, $66 million deal. So it makes sense team is moving on.
Penn, 35, has spent his last five seasons with the Raiders. But he was placed on injured reserve for all but four games of 2018-19. He has received three Pro Bowl selections in his career.
Oakland finished last season with a 4-12 record, but has already traded for star wide receiver Antonio Brown to gear up for its next campaign.
The Raiders have an abundance of quality picks in the 2019 draft, so they could look very different after this summer is over.