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Raiders news: Donald Penn nearing two-year extension with Oakland

Donald Penn, Raiders

As arguably one of the best players in the NFL at his position, veteran left tackle Donald Penn of the Oakland Raiders felt he needed to secure his future heading into the 2017 NFL season. This led to a contract holdout, and now it appears the two-time Pro Bowler is about to get what he asked for as Week 2 approaches.

According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Penn is nearing a contract extension with the Raiders.

With the offensive line being one of the Raiders strongest attributes, locking up Penn for another two years beyond this season was more than likely a good move for the team. Penn isn’t getting any younger at 34, but he’s still at the top of his game while providing protection for up-and-coming quarterback Derek Carr.

After an impressive win on the road against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1, Penn and company will head back to their home field to host the New York Jets at the Oakland Coliseum. The Raiders are expected to come out on top in this matchup in convincing fashion before heading on a two-game road trip to face the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos before a three-game homestand.

With the addition of star running back Marshawn Lynch, the Raiders have become a popular pick to be the team that possibly dethrones the New England Patriots this season as AFC’s elite.