Jason La Canfora of NFL Network is reporting that the Buccaneers and left tackle Donald Penn have agreed to terms on a new contract. Specifics are not yet know.
This ends what has been one of the uglier negotiation standoffs in the NFL this season. Penn was tendered as an RFA back in spring but refused to sign and vehemently demanded a long-term deal. Bucs GM Mark Dominik at one point suggested Penn would have a long-term contract if the team had more trust in his ability to control his weight. (Dominik quickly apologized.) The Bucs have apparently realized that they have no options outside of Penn at left tackle.
Penn, a fifth-year pro, is one of the rounder human beings you’ll ever see, but he has surprisingly soft feet. He lacks ideal quickness but compensates with crafty technique. He deserves to be paid like a top 10 left tackle but nothing more. We'll soon learn what the Bucs ended up giving him.
-- Andy Benoit
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