Donald Penn to visit Redskins on Sunday

March, 15, 2014
Mar 15
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The Redskins' brass could dip into their past ties once again, trying to find a solution at right tackle. Free-agent offensive tackle Donald Penn, who has ties to several in the Redskins' organization, will visit Sunday, a team source said.

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Penn visited Oakland on Friday, but the Redskins have already been in contact with him about a possible deal, according to multiple reports.

Penn started every game the past six seasons at left tackle for the Buccaneers. But he was cut after Tampa Bay signed free-agent tackle Anthony Collins. Penn would have counted $8.1 million against the salary cap. That figure, plus what the Bucs felt was diminished play, led to his release. But there was still a sense in Tampa that Penn still could be effective -- if he switched to the right side.

With Trent Williams already on the left side, Washington would want Penn to play on the right side. Tyler Polumbus has been the full-time starter at right tackle the past two seasons. Though he improved in 2013, he still was not as effective as the coaches would have liked, hence the interest in Penn.

General manager Bruce Allen, head coach Jay Gruden, secondary coach Raheem Morris, and personnel executive Doug Williams all were with Penn in Tampa Bay. Morris was head coach when the Bucs re-signed Penn during his restricted free-agent year of 2009.

If the Redskins sign Penn, it would be the third major move they've made along the offensive line. They signed guard Shawn Lauvao on the first day of free agency, then cut center Will Montgomery on Friday. They will move guard Kory Lichtensteiger to center. It could be that the starting guards would then be Lauvao and Chris Chester, unless one of the young players -- Josh LeRibeus, Adam Gettis or Maurice Hurt -- can beat him out in camp. If they sign Penn and cut Polumbus, it would save the Redskins $2.5 million against the salary cap. They would still have Tom Compton as a backup at both tackle spots.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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