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Oakland Raiders and Donald Penn Part Ways

ALAMEDA, Calif. – After five seasons, the Oakland Raiders and Donald Penn have mutually agreed to part ways. 

Once a Raider, Always a Raider

“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.”

“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.”

“Thank you to Mark Davis and the entire Oakland Raiders organization for giving me an opportunity to play for you,” said Penn. “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.

“To Coach Gruden – thank you for always believing in me,” added 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.” 

Penn, who signed with the team as a free agent in 2014, started in each of his 66 appearances with the Silver and Black. He started his first 48 games with the Raiders from 2014-16, extending his personal streak of starts to a remarkable 170 games that stretched from 2007 until Week 16 of the 2017 season. In 2018, Penn started in four contests before being placed on the Reserve/Injured List on October 3. 

The Inglewood, Calif., native earned two Pro Bowl selections (2016 and 2017) in five seasons with the Raiders and was named to the All-AFC Team by the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) in 2016.

Over his 13-year career, Penn has appeared in 178 contests and made 174 starts, including 112 games and 108 starts in his first eight NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He entered the league with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and made his NFL debut with the Buccaneers under head coach Jon Gruden in 2007.

Penn started 44 consecutive games at Utah State, serving as team captain and earning All-WAC honors as a senior in 2005.

Press Release Couresty of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders’ Frostee Rucker Wins Craig Long Award

ALAMEDA, Calif. – DE Frostee Rucker was named the recipient of the fifth-annual Oakland Raiders Craig Long Award, the team announced Thursday.

Chosen by a select group of local media and facilitated by the Oakland Raiders’ media relations department, the Craig Long Award is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies professionalism and collaboration with the media at large.

Rucker, who was signed as a free agent by the Raiders in June, has started all 14 games in which he has played for the Silver and Black this season. A 13-year NFL veteran, Rucker has totaled 32 tackles (20 solo) and two passes defensed in his first season in Oakland. Originally drafted by Cincinnati in 2006, Rucker played 12 years with the Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals, totaling 142 games played with 73 starts, 21.5 sacks and 265 total tackles. He was named the winner of the Media Good Guy Award by the Arizona chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) in 2017.

Long, who passed away in 2007 at age 36, was a valuable member of the Oakland Raiders’ public relations staff from 1997-2004. An Iowa native, Long fulfilled his childhood dream of working in the front office for his favorite team.

Craig Long Award Winners

2018 – DE Frostee Rucker

2017 – RB Jalen Richard

2016 – T Donald Penn

2015 – S Charles Woodson 

2014 – DL Antonio Smith

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign OL Ian Silberman; Place T Donald Penn on IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed OL Ian Silberman via the Tennessee Titans practice squad, the club announced Wednesday.

Silberman was originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round (190th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. After a short stint on the New England Patriots practice squad in 2016, Silberman was signed to the Raiders practice squad, while also signing to the team’s 53-man roster in December of 2017 after spending a portion of the season with both the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive lineman appeared in all four preseason contests for the Silver and Black this year. Silberman has appeared in one contest in his career during his rookie campaign with the 49ers.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed T Donald Penn on the Reserve/Injured List. Penn signed with the team as a free agent in 2014 and started in all 64 appearances since his arrival

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Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following transactions, the club announced Tuesday. All three players count towards the 90-man roster.

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS ON ACTIVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM LIST:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Hall, P.J.                                  DT                   6-1      308     R          Sam Houston State

Penn, Donald                          T                      6-4      315     13        Utah State

Vanderdoes, Eddie                 DT                   6-3      305     2          UCLA

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Oakland Raiders Sign T Donald Penn To Two-Year Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed T Donald Penn to a two-year contract extension through 2019, the club announced Friday.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Penn has played in 161 career regular season games with 157 starts, all of which are consecutive. His 157 consecutive regular season starts are second most among active offensive linemen.

Last season, Penn was named to his second Pro Bowl after starting all 16 games at left tackle. In helping the team win 12 games and return to the postseason for the first time since 2002, Penn and the rest offensive line played a major role for an offense that finished sixth in the NFL in total offense.

Prior to joining the Raiders, Penn played eight seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, appearing in 112 games with 108 starts. Penn was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2010 season.

The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings in 2006 before being signed off the practice squad by the Buccaneers later that season.

A native of Inglewood, Calif., Penn attended Utah State, where he started 44 consecutive games at both tackle positions for the Aggies.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Donald Penn Reinstated

ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders T Donald Penn has been reinstated to the active roster and the team has waived DE Jimmy Bean, the club announced Wednesday.

Penn has played in 160 career regular season games with 156 starts, all of which are consecutive. Last season, Penn was named to his second Pro Bowl after starting all 16 games and helping the offense finish sixth in the league in total offense.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following transactions, the club announced Saturday.

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS ON ACTIVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM LIST:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Conley, Gareon                      CB                   6-0      195     R          Ohio State

Feliciano, Jon                          G/C                 6-4      325     3          Miami (Fla.)

Ward, Jihad                             DL                   6-5      295     2          Illinois

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS ON ACTIVE/NON-FOOTBALL INJURY LIST:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Edwards Jr., Mario                 DE                   6-3      280     3          Florida State

Irvin, Bruce                             LB                    6-3      250     6          West Virginia

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER ON RESERVE/DID NOT REPORT LIST:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Penn, Donald                          T                      6-4      315     12        Utah State

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Oakland Raiders Re-Sign Left Tackle Donald Penn

Photo by Shawn Jonas

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed T Donald Penn, the club announced Thursday.

Penn signed with the Raiders in March 2014 after eight seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Over the last two years, he has started all 32 games at left tackle for Oakland, extending his remarkable streak to 144 consecutive games played and 140 consecutive starts with the Raiders and Buccaneers. His 144 straight games played and 140 straight starts, both of which date back to 2007, are tied for second and third, respectively, among active NFL offensive linemen.

Last season, Penn was a key part of an offensive unit that produced four Pro Bowlers – QB Derek Carr, WR Amari Cooper, RB Latavius Murray and FB Marcel Reece. Cooper became the first Raiders to reach 1,000 receiving yards since 2005 and Murray the first Raider to reach 1,000 rushing yards since 2010.

He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings in 2006 before being signed off the practice squad by the Buccaneers later that season. The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2010 season.

The Inglewood, Calif., native attended Utah State, where he started 44 consecutive games at both tackle positions for the Aggies.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Jack Del Rio On Day 3 Of Oakland Raiders Training Camp; First Day In Pads

All photos by Shawn Jonas

Napa Valley, California – The Oakland Raiders 2015 Training Camp Day 3 was their first in pads. It was time for Head Coach Jack Del Rio and the rest of the coaching staff to get a good look at the players being more physical and in different sets of drills.

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COACH DEL RIO’S ASSEMENT ON DAY 3

“As coaches, you know what you want it to look like in the end, and so we’re just focused on teaching, and growing, and developing and all those things. I thought the energy was good. We’re a long way from being clean, a lot of work to do.”

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DEL RIO, MICHAEL CRABTREE AS ADVERTISED

“I think Mike is a proven player. I think you’re seeing a guy that’s a good player making some plays out here. That’s what he should do. That’s what he will do. It’s been great to see, but that’s kind of what we expected when we brought him here.”

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THE DEFENSIVE BACKS

“They are young. There’s no denying that. They are young. There weren’t many veteran corners available. The best option, in our opinion, was to develop. That’s what we’re doing. They are young and we need them to grow up. We need them to come along and develop, and I like the way we’re working at it.”

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THE OFFENSIVE LINE

“We’ve got a big, strong group of men in our offensive and defensive lines. We’ve got some big, active men so it’ll be good tape to go over. It’s day one in pads. There were some good things, some things we’ll be a lot better at, but I like the eagerness. We have an eager team. They’re working hard and it’s just day one.”

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RUNNING BACK MICHAEL DYER MAKING BIG STRIDES

“I think Michael has done a nice job developing from what we saw in the spring to where he is now. He’s more comfortable. He’s more accountable, more dependable on special teams units, in the offense, and every now and then he’ll pop through there and show some of that speed that he has. I think he’s off to a nice start.”