The Oakland Raiders mutually parted ways with the longest-tenured Raider on Saturday.
Donald Penn signed with the team as a free agent in 2014 and started each of his 66 appearances in the Silver & Black since. He played in just four games last year before being placed on the Reserve/Injured List in October.
The California native earned two Pro Bowl appearances (2016 and 2017) in his five seasons with the Raiders and was named to the All-AFC Team by the Pro Football Writers of America in 2016.
Penn made his NFL debut with the Buccaneers under head coach Jon Gruden in 2007.
“To Coach Gruden – thank you for always believing in me,” said Penn. “From giving me my first start back in Tampa, it’s incredible how things come full circle. I appreciate everything you’ve done for me.
“Thank you to Mark Davis and the entire Oakland Raiders organization for giving me an opportunity to play for you,” Penn added. “It was an honor to play for you. Thank you to my Raiders teammates for always going to war and leaving it all on the field. It was an honor to play beside you.”
Gruden and owner Mark Davis thanked the veteran offensive lineman for his time and wished him the best as he moves on.
“We’re going to miss Donald Penn around here,” said Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden. “I got to coach him as a young guy in Tampa and everything he got on the field, he earned. I was lucky enough to get him again here in Oakland. I’m going to miss the toughness and passion that he brought to the team every day. I certainly wish him and his family all the best.”
“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.”
The Raiders recently signed offensive lineman Trent Brown to a four-year, $66 million deal in free agency to team up with now second year offensive tackle Kolton Miller