Raiders add offensive lineman Penn 

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  • Offensive lineman Donald Penn finalized a deal with the Raiders worth $9.6 million over two years.
The Raiders filled their void at left tackle on Wednesday by signing free agent Donald Penn to a two-year contract.

Penn fills the opening created when Jared Veldheer left as a free agent for Arizona and left unfilled when Rodger Saffold failed his physical after agreeing to a five-year, $42.5 million deal with Oakland.

NFL Network reported that Penn’s contract is worth $9.6 million with $4.2 million guaranteed.

Penn, who turns 30 next month, was released earlier this month by Tampa Bay after the Buccaneers signed Anthony Collins to a five-year, $30 million contract to take over at left tackle.

Young deal finalized: Oakland announced that safety Usama Young officially signed the two-year deal he agreed to last week to return to the Raiders. The 29-year-old Young had one interception, three passes defensed and 2½ sacks last season with the Raiders, playing about one-quarter of the defensive snaps when healthy.

Raiders want NFL to arbitrate cheerleader lawsuit: The Raiders say a lawsuit filed by the team’s cheerleaders who claim they are being cheated out of wages and expenses should be handled by league arbitration, not in a courtroom. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the team wants NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to handle arbitrating the lawsuit filed by the Raiderette cheerleaders. The cheerleaders are paid $125 per home game, or $1,250 per season, in a contract that includes hours of unpaid rehearsals, charity and commercial appearances. The women say the pay translates to less than $5 an hour.

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