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A look at offensive tackle Donald Penn's impending free agency

A look at offensive tackle Donald Penn's impending free agency

The Oakland Raiders offensive line performed remarkably well under the guidance of first-year offensive line coach Mike Tice, and none moreso than left tackle Donald Penn.

The Raiders are set to have a reported $74 million in salary cap space for the upcoming free agency period, yet it appears that they may not reach a contract extension for the anchor of that offensive line.

Penn told CSN California a couple of weeks ago that he had not yet heard from the Raiders since the season ended, and now it appears the veteran has accepted his impending free agency - changing his picture and removing any reference to the Raiders on his social media accounts.

Penn stepped in to replace Jared Veldheer who parted ways and darted to the Arizona Cardinals. Now the veteran is about to turn 33 years old, after Pro Football Focus ranked him the 11th best offensive tackle for the 2015 season.

The Raiders certainly have the money to be able to match any contract offer he receives from other teams, but there's more in play than just the cap room.

Center Rodney Hudson is already being paid top money, while right tackle Austin Howard is also costing a pretty penny. Left guard Gabe Jackson is still on his rookie deal but will likely command a fairly big contract when it expires in two years. All of this could mean the Raiders may not want to pay Penn top money, having so much tied up in the offensive line already, and an improving Menelik Watson coming back from injury. 

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