NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Pro Bowl offensive tackle Donald Penn and the Oaklandare "closing in" on a two-year extension that could be finished by the end of the week. That would keep Penn, 34, in Black and Silver through the 2019 season.
While projecting an offensive lineman's value at age 36 isn't easy, it might be a safer bet than trying to develop one coming out of college -- especially when the team's NFL.com.window seems wide open, writes
"As Rapoport reported at the time of Penn's holdout, the issue at hand was the relative bargain deal Penn signed back in 2016 that will pay him less than $6 million this year. At the same time, top tackles around the NFL are making upwards of $13.6 million per year (' deal in Washington signed in 2015 is the highest in terms of average per year salary, while 's 2016 extension boasts a $97 million total with just $22 million in guarantees).
"Even before Wednesday's report, thewere spending more cap dollars (nearly $43 million according to contract tracking site Spotrac) on their offensive line than any other team in football. Their appreciation for a clean pocket and a happy cannot be more obvious."