The New Orleans Saints agreed to terms with first-round OT pick Trevor Penning, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Rapoport reports that it’s a four-year deal worth nearly $14.2 million, with a fifth-year option.
Penning, 22, was the 19th overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft in northern Iowa. He was the fourth offensive tackle picked and is expected to take the spot of starting free agent Terron Armstead at left tackle.
Penning was one of two first-round picks for the Saints which included WR Chris Olave at No. 11 overall. He is also the only one of New Orleans’ five draft picks to sign a contract.
At 6’7″ and 325 pounds, Penning is a mauler as a run blocker with smooth feet and solid technique in pass protection. He’ll have to prove he can handle the competitive leg of the FCS to the NFL, but has been showing up extremely well in Senior Bowl practices.
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The Saints have a series of OTA workouts coming up, with the first scheduled for May 24-26. Penning is expected to face competition from veteran T/G James Hurst for the left tackle position.