Penn, a 12-year NFL veteran, is en route to sign a one-year deal with the Redskins, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday morning. Rapoport said Penn is likely to sign on Wednesday.
The signing of the offensive tackle will provide Washington with key veteran help given Williams’ extended holdout, Rapoport added. It’s also a sign that an end to Williams’ time away doesn’t seem to be on the horizon.
Penn’s time with the Raiders concluded in March when he was cut, but Williams’ holdout, one of the preeminent tackles in the game, provides an opportunity for Penn as he provides an immediate replacement for Williams and depth, along with veteran presence.