There is an interesting Donald Penn nugget from the Pewter Report as editor Mark Cook reports the left tackle has “failed to meet most of the weight clauses” in his big contract.
That can be an issue for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but Penn is the unquestioned left tackle going into this season. It will be interesting to see how he performs this season in what is a critical year for quarterback Josh Freeman.
Penn has been a model of consistency for Tampa over the years but at age 30 if he is battling weight issues, they will be more difficult to keep in check. Penn is owed $22 million over the next three seasons and if he wants to see all that money, he will need to continue to play at a high level.
The bottom line is Penn’s performance is far more important to the team than his weight. Finding solid left tackles can be a difficult task. The top three were gone in the first four picks of this past draft. We’ll see how Penn does this season.
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