RICHMOND– The Redskins are trying to gain leverage over the holdout of franchise cornerstone Trent Williams and depth at the tackle position after signing former Pro Bowl tackle Donald Penn to a one-year contract according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Penn is flying to Redskins Park tomorrow to officially sign the contract.
As Williams continues his holdout the Redskins decided that they weren’t going to wait forever and have gained leverage over Williams with the signing of Penn.
Penn has been around the league for a while and spent time between the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Penn was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings and was acquired by the Bucs in 2007. Recently, Penn was as durable as a tackle could get as he played in all 16 games from 2007 to 2016.
Penn was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2010 with the Bucs and in 2016 and 2017 with the Raiders. The Raiders cut Penn in March after an injury plagued 2018 season that saw him suit up for just four games.
The Redskins held a workout with Penn earlier today so they could get ‘a feel of where he’s at in terms of football shape.’ The Redskins obviously saw enough during his workout to offer him a contract.
The Redskins are in need of left tackle help as Williams continues his holdout and Geron Christian recovers from a knee injury that cost most of his rookie season.
Since those are the only two options on the depth chart for tackle, the Redskins have been forced to slot in the less-than-ideal Ereck Flowers who was signed to play guard in the off-season.
The Redskins also signed journeyman tackle Corey Robinson to a one-year deal a few days ago. Robinson played in four games with the Jaguars last season.
The Redskins obviously need talent to cover the blindside of whoever lines up at quarterback in Week 1 as Christian isn’t sure when he’ll be back out on the field. So far in training camp, Flowers has been taking reps with the first team at tackle and it’s going as bad as we thought it would be when the Redskins signed him.