With question marks about the size of his salary, some people thought the writing was already on the wall for Donald Penn; their interest in first Roger Saffold and then Anthony Collins seemed to confirm it.
Now, in the wake of Collins' signing with the team, it's official:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bucs announcing right now that Donald Penn has been released.</p>— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottSBucs/statuses/444168607946539008">March 13, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Penn, a Pro Bowler in 2010, was not always the most consistent player, and had struggled previously against the run and on protecting his inside (though he had improved on both areas in 2013). He had also had weight issues in the past. Still, he was one of the league's best at shutting down the outside pass rush, and speaking as a lineman myself, I've never seen anyone who could counter and control spin moves as well as him. Of course, he also caught two touchdown passes during his time as a Buccaneer.
Still, between the Bucs looking at Evan Dietrich-Smith, releasing Davin Joseph, and now signing Anthony Collins, the team seem to be hunting for smaller, more athletic lineman (which some have speculated points to a move to a zone-blocking offense), which would have made Penn a bad fit for the new regime.
Bucs Nation wish Penn success in his future career. Unless he signs with another NFC South team, of course.