Report: Raiders Believe They Can Work Something Out With Donald Penn
According to an NFL media report, Donald Penn has “dug in” on his decision to hold out from Raiders training camp.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie believes they can work something out, but according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the team doesn’t want to negotiate a new deal until Penn returns to the team.
So who will blink first?
Notably, the matter sounds to be less about the money and more about how the sides want to go about negotiating new money. Penn’s camp obviously feels the Raiders had ample time to negotiate a new deal in the offseason (he says the team was approached twice) while the Raiders will try to manage Penn’s holdout in a manner that doesn’t encourage others to hold out in the future.
Applying some reason to the situation, there’s almost no chance Penn’s holdout isn’t resolved within the next couple weeks. At 34, Penn is in no position to miss meaningful games and with no clear option at left tackle, the Raiders can’t afford to gamble on a season with so much promise.
The real question, for now, is how long will the Raiders put their $125 million quarterback on the field during the preseason with a patchwork offensive line?