NFL rumors have swirled around Donald Penn this week. When the Oakland Raiders signed Kelechi Osemele in free agency, they paid him a lot of money. The belief is that he will be playing tackle instead of guard, so that left many to wonder about the future of Donald Penn. In a smart business move, Penn shopped himself around the National Football League. According to NBC Sports, Penn is set to sign with the New York Giants.
Donald Penn really liked playing for the Oakland Raiders. That’s why he was optimistic that the team would figure out a way to keep him around. When negotiations did not go well, the former Utah State Aggies star decided to take a meeting with the New York Giants. Penn was hoping that the move would force the Raiders to act with more of a sense of urgency. Talks between Donald and the Giants escalated, and the two sides began believing that a partnership would be mutually beneficial.
Donald Penn saw his stock in free agency increase because other tackles had already been signed. Kelvin Beachum left the Pittsburgh Steelers for the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of the more active NFL teams in free agency. Ryan Harris won the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos, which raised his stock. The former Notre Dame Fighting Irish star decided to take his talents to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The New York Giants find Donald Penn to be an appealing option for a couple of reasons. For starters, he’s one of the most durable players in the NFL. Penn has played in all 16 games during each of his nine seasons in the National Football League. He’s a veteran that can help mentor the young Giants offensive line. Penn is also an excellent run blocker, which makes him a really good fit at the right tackle position for New York.
Donald Penn is set to choose where he continues his NFL career. It will be with the New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, or possibly the Seattle Seahawks. His decision will force executives and coaches to change up their plans for the upcoming draft.
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