The Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms with free agent defensive end Dave Tollefson. This according to Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group. The contract is said to be a 2 year deal worth $2.5 million.
This news comes just minutes after it was reported that the Packers had dropped out of the running for Tollefson's services. At which point there were just two teams vying for Tollefson's services-the Titans and Raiders. He had visited the Seahawks on March 23 but no offer ever materialized from it.
The 6-4, 263 pound defensive end has played his entire career with the New York Giants. He was initially chosen by the Green Bay Packers in round seven of the 2006 draft but didn't make the team out of camp. He had been in Raiders camp in 2007 before the Giants signed him later that season.
He has not been extremely productive in his NFL career. Mainly because he has been mostly a reserve defensive end and hadn't started a game until last season when he started two. He had his best season in 2011 with 5.0 sacks and 19 tackles playing in all 16 games with two starts, helping the Giants into the playoffs and go on to win their second Super Bowl during his time with the team.
He is a versatile player who can line up at defensive end, outside linebacker or defensive tackle.
Tollefson is a local product who grew up in Walnut Creek and attended Ignacio Valley High School in Concord.