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The stalemate between OLT Donald Penn and the Buccaneers ended Saturday when Penn signed a new six-year contract. The deal is worth $43 million, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Penn joined the team's training-camp workout shortly after he signed the contract.

Penn, who has started 44 consecutive games at left tackle for the Bucs, had been a restricted free agent who refused to sign his $3.168 million tender, holding out for a long-term deal. The Bucs had been reluctant to grant his demand, but their realization that they had no viable alternative on their roster at the critical OLT position undoubtedly helped to hasten a meeting of the minds.

Penn, who had played under one-year contracts the past three seasons, said he called his agent several days and urged him to get a deal done.

"I said: Let's get it done. Let's make some sacrifices if we need to. ... It wasn't about financial security. I wanted longevity, a commitment," Penn said. "That's what I got."


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