The Raiders agreed to a contract with veteran defense end Dave Tollefson on Friday evening according to Andrew Brandt of ESPN and the National Football Post, Tollefson will sign a two-year deal worth $2.5 million. The person familiar with the negotiations said the contract could be worth up to $3 million.
Tollefson, 29, spent the past five seasons with the New York Giants, where he played a part in their winning two Super Bowl titles. He was a hybrid defensive lineman for the Giants and rotated from defensive end and tackle.
Over the past four years with the New York Giants, the 6-4, 266-pound Northern California native has appeared in 57 games (just two starts) and amassed 77 total tackles, 10.0 sacks and three forced fumbles.
Tollefson proved to be an overlooked and versatile piece of the team’s pie along its ferocious defensive line. He collected 21 tackles, one forced fumble and 5.0 sacks during the Giants’ Super Bowl run in 2011.
A former member of the Raiders’ practice squad, Tollefson , the past two weeks also met with the Green Bay Packers (where he spent his rookie year in ’06) and the Packers remain potential suitors. He’s also visited Nashville on Thursday for a meeting with the Tennessee Titans. Nevertheless, all along he was confident that everything would work out with Oakland.
Signing with the Silver and Black, he will presumably become the third defensive end on the team behind Lamar Houston and Matt Shaughnassy, as well as a solid player on special teams. Tollefson will make up for the loss of veteran defensive linemen Jarvis Moss and Trevor Scott. Moss currently remains a free agent. Scott signed earlier in free agency with the New England Patriots.