Donald Penn was signed last year as the Trent Williams holdout saga continued through training camp. Trent gave his blessing to Penn to sign which was a bad sign for his return given the incentives in the contract(up to $5 million with playtime incentives). Penn started 15 games for the Redskins last year, and played 94.3% of the snaps on offense.
Trent Williams was given permission to seek a trade, but the trade process and his contract demands aren't getting him any offers. The Redskins are thin at offensive tackle, and haven't signed anyone in free agency yet. They will have to add a veteran and a draft pick this year with big question marks at both tackle positions long-term.
Is Donald Penn worth signing for another year, or should the team look at the thinning options in free agency? The Redskins hold the #2 pick in the draft this year and could trade down to acquire more picks while still getting one of the top tackles.
With the current restrictions teams have on signings and trades due to physicals because of the coronavirus pandemic, a Trent Williams trade might not happen until after the draft which does not help them now. It's possible no deal happens at all this year, and Williams is given the choice to sit out without pay and heavy fines again, or play the season out and gain his freedom in free agency. Until then the Redskins have a huge need at offensive tackle, and Donald Penn is the only one volunteering besides Geron Christian Sr...
Meanwhile, I also spoke to free agent tackle Donald Penn last night. He told me he's not planning to retire and he wants to play next season. He's also open to returning to the Redskins as one possibility.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 19, 2020