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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 Finalize Coaching Staff

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have finalized Head Coach Jon Gruden’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced Tuesday.

RAIDERS 2018 COACHING STAFF

Coach                              Title

Ansley, Derrick                       Defensive Backs

Batiste, D’Anthony                 Strength and Conditioning Assistant

Bennett, Edgar                        Wide Receivers

Berbenich, Tim                        Quality Control – Offense

Bisaccia, Rich                          Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator

Cable, Tom                              Offensive Line

Callahan, Brian                       Quarterbacks

Coleman, Marco                     Assistant Defensive Line

Gruden, Deuce                        Strength and Conditioning Assistant

Guenther, Paul                        Defensive Coordinator

Holz, Nick                               Quality Control – Offense

Jeanpierre, Lemuel                 Assistant Offensive Line

Lippincott, David                    Linebackers

Martinez, Kelsey                    Strength and Conditioning Assistant

Olson, Greg                            Offensive Coordinator

O’Neil, Jim                              Senior Defensive Assistant

Razzano, Dave                        Director of Football Research

Shaw, Tom                              Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

Singleton, Jemal                      Running Backs

Slate, Rick                               Strength and Conditioning Assistant

Smith, Frank                           Tight Ends

Smith, Travis                           Quality Control – Defense

Storer, Byron                          Assistant Special Teams

Trgovac, Mike                        Defensive Line

Batiste: Joins the Raiders for his first NFL coaching season after spending the last four seasons playing in the CFL for the Edmonton Eskimos…Prior to joining the Eskimos, he spent five seasons as a player in the NFL (2007, 2009-12), making stops with the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins…Over his five-year career, Batiste saw action in 37 games and made 14 starts….Before making it to the NFL, Batiste played four years at Louisiana-Lafayette and earned second-team All-Sun Belt honors as a senior in 2003.

Coleman: Joins the Raiders for his first NFL coaching season…Played 14 NFL seasons from 1992-2005 with the Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos…Played in 207 games with 185 starts, totaling 478 tackles, 65.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and one interception…Served as pregame and postgame radio analyst for the Jaguars from 2009-14…In 2012, joined Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor and worked there for three years before becoming a partner at a financial planning firm, Matador Financial Planning.

Gruden: Enters his first season with the Raiders after spending his first two years in the NFL with the Washington Redskins…Was promoted to assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2017 after serving as a strength and conditioning intern for the team in 2016…Won gold at the International Powerlifting Federation’s World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Belarus in 2017…Played tailback at Lafayette College from 2012-15…Son of Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden and nephew of Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden.

Jeanpierre: Enters his first season with the Raiders after spending the 2017 season as an offensive assistant with the Seattle Seahawks…Spent six seasons as a center and guard with Seattle, originally joining the team in 2010 as an undrafted free agent…Played in 63 career games for the Seahawks and won Super Bowl XLVIII in 2013…Played collegiately at South Carolina.

Martinez: Joins the Silver and Black for her first NFL season…Spent the last two years at Tom Shaw Performance, where she worked with baseball, softball, women’s tennis and track and field athletes…Assisted with NFL Combine and NFL Veteran Training Program…Attended Colorado State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science…Played collegiate softball at Bethany College.

Shaw: Enters his first season with the Raiders…Joins the Silver and Black after founding Tom Shaw Performance, where he trained athletes at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. …Has spent time coaching speed and conditioning for the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots, helping the Patriots win three Super Bowl Championships…Also served as an assistant track and sport speed coach at Florida State…Owns a master’s degree in exercise science from Central Michigan University.

Slate: Begins his first season with the Raiders, joining the team after 25 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Florida Marlins, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves…Was with the Braves organization from 2011-17, serving as the team’s director of strength and conditioning from 2012-17…Prior to joining Atlanta, was with the Mets from 2003-10 as the club’s strength and conditioning coordinator…Joined the expansion Marlins in 1992 as a strength and conditioning coordinator and spent 10 seasons with the club, helping them win the 1997 World Series…Spent six years at Florida State as an assistant strength and conditioning coach from 1987-92.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations