Houston Texans interested in offensive tackle Donald Penn
Houston Texans are reportedly interested in former Oakland Raiders’ Pro Bowl offensive tackle, Donald Penn.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Texans have shown some interest in the possibility of signing recently released offensive tackle, Donald Penn. He came into the league undrafted in 2006 and was signed with the Minnesota Vikings his rookie season as an undrafted free agent prior to spending the next seven seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Texans have shown interest in improving their offensive line a season after Watson was sacked an NFL high 62 times in 2018. According to Mike Silver of Sports Illustrated, Texans were in the running to sign Rams former left guard Roger Saffold before he opted to sign with the Tennessee Titans.
Penn has missed a total 14 games after dealing with a foot and groin injury the last two seasons. He was the Raiders’ right tackle in 2018 after they drafted Kolton Miller in the first round to play at left tackle.
Penn would not affect the Texans opportunity in earning an NFL compensatory pick in 2020 since he was released instead of entering 2019 as an unrestricted free agent. Gaine has shown to be going that route in after signing 2014 Pro Bowl safety Tashaun Gipson after he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars and signing tight end Darren Fells who was released by the Cleveland Browns.
Texans currently have Julién Davenport, Seantrel Henderson, Roderick Johnson, David Steinmetz, and Rick Leonard under contract for the 2019 season. If not addressed in free agency, offensive tackle will a position of need in the 2019 NFL Draft.