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Former Buc Penn gets lucrative extension from Raiders

 
Published Sept. 15, 2017

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Raiders signed Donald Penn to a $21 million, two-year extension, ensuring the Pro Bowl left tackle and former Buc will remain with them through the 2019 season.

Penn, 34, had missed much of training camp and preseason while holding out in search of a new contract. He is making $5.8 million in base salary this season but had been looking for a deal that would put him in the top 10 of offensive linemen. The deal announced Friday puts Penn in the top 15 and kicks in after this season.

"It's good, now I can focus on football," he said. "I can just enjoy my teammates, enjoy everything, enjoy the process and just focus on football because there was a lot of doubt. I didn't want to hit free agency again."

BENGALS FIRE ASSISTANT: The Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese a day after falling to 0-2 and failing to score a touchdown in as many games. Quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor was promoted to coordinator, a spot he held with the Dolphins in 2014-15. "When you've been in this league long enough, you see a whole bunch of different things happen," Lazor said. "Not many of them are shocking anymore."

FINES: Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was fined $12,154 by the league for flipping the middle finger on both hands Sunday during the team's 26-16 victory at Tennessee. Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, cornerback William Gay and safety J.J. Wilcox were each fined $24,309 for unnecessary roughness against the Browns. Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro and linebacker Alex Anzalone were also docked $24,309 for hits to the head.

BECKHAM IMPROVING: Giants receiver Odell Beckham did a little more at practice and apparently is getting closer to playing Monday night. Coach Ben McAdoo said Beckham responded well to his first practice in more than three weeks after injuring his left ankle.

Kaepernick HONOR: Colin Kaepernick isn't on a roster, but he apparently has been keeping up his players union dues, which named the quarterback its Week 1 Community MVP "for his commitment to empowering underserved communities through donations and grass-roots outreach." An eligible player must be a dues-paying members of the Players Association and either be on a roster or actively seeking employment in the league as a free agent.

COLTS: Former Florida and N.C. State quarterback Jacoby Brissett will start Sunday's home opener, according to multiple reports. Coach Chuck Pagano denied a decision had been made.

JAGUARS: Former FSU cornerback Jalen Ramsey missed a third consecutive day of practice and was listed as questionable for the home opener against Tennessee.

SEAHAWKS: Cornerback Richard Sherman is questionable for Sunday's game with a hamstring strain.

VIKINGS: Quarterback Sam Bradford is expected to play at Pittsburgh despite a knee injury that limited him all week in practice.