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Donald Penn, Raiders in holding pattern over contract

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Donald Penn and the Raiders continue to maintain their distance from one another.

Speaking Sunday on Inside Training Camp Live, NFL Network's Michael Silver said he spoke with the valued left tackle recently and noted that Penn is still determined to get paid like a top-10 player at his position. The 34-year-old has yet to report to training camp.

"He is holding firm," Silver said. "He said we are in a holding pattern, basically. This is not something that should be a surprise to the Raiders, it's something that was broached at the combine and they've been aware that Donald Penn, and I happen to agree with them, is underpaid based on productivity."

Silver also spoke with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, who likened the holdout to a family squabble.

"He said, listen, I love Donald Penn, he is a Raider, this is a family dispute. Sometimes in a family you have dispute. McKenzie believes they can work something out," Silver said. "Reggie McKenzie very confident that something will get done."

There is another catch to getting something done, though. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Raiders will only negotiate with Penn if he shows up to camp. Penn, meanwhile, refuses to appear at camp until he receives a new contract, Rapoport added, resulting in a deadlock.

What will get done? At this point, it seems like each side is waiting for the other to blink. Will the Raiders panic as they get closer to the season knowing that their franchise quarterback Derek Carr, who is coming off a broken leg in December, will start a potential Super Bowl-bound season with rookie David Sharpe and veteran Marshall Newhouse as his anchors?

Or, will Penn decide that $5.8 million is an unfair but ultimately acceptable asking price for a legitimate shot at producing an offensive MVP candidate and rushing leader in Marshawn Lynch?

Deadlines always bring about action, so for the moment, we await the conclusion of this slow-moving game of chicken with eyes and ears wide open.

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