Redskins lose Donald Penn to Raiders

The Washington Redskins fell short in their pursuit of tackle Donald Penn as the ninth-year veteran agreed to terms with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday night.

Washington had interest in signing Penn, who had started 108 consecutive games at left tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and switching him to right tackle. Penn had ties to people within Washington’s organization having played for Bruce Allen and Raheem Morris in Tampa.

(Associated Press) Donald Penn (back) opted to sign with the Raiders. (Associated Press)

But Oakland afforded Penn a couple of options that Washington could not. Penn is expected to remain at left tackle for the Raiders, who offered him more money than Washington. And Penn, a native of Los Angeles, has family — including a child — in the area, and he deemed those opportunities too great to pass up, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Washington has looked for ways to upgrade an offensive line that has done well in the run game, but has struggled with pass protection. The Redskins sought to address the right tackle position and had pursued Cincinnati tackle Anthony Collins but lost out on him to the Bucs, who then in turn released Penn.

It now appears that the Redskins could either stick with incumbent Tyler Polumbus, or give second-year pro Tom Compton a chance to compete for the right tackle job. A person familiar with Washington’s deliberations said that in addition to those options, the Redskins could also look to the NFL draft to address that position.

Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio, Virginia’s Morgan Moses, Tennessee prospects Antonio Richardson and JaWuan James and Ohio State’s Jack Mewhort rank among a group of offensive tackles who could still be available by the time Washington picks in the second or third rounds of the draft.

The Redskins on Tuesday hosted veteran inside linebacker Akeem Jordan, who last played for the Chiefs, and wide receiver Kenny Britt, formerly of the Titans. But they had yet to agree to terms with either. Update 9:24 a.m. — The Redskins announced they have agreed to terms with Jordan.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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