Nothing official yet from the Raiders but Steve Corkran reports its all a formality that the team and defensive end Dave Tollefson have come to terms on a deal. Jason La Confora says the deal is a two-year contract worth $3-million for the one-time Raider. This move has been rumored for a couple weeks now and seemed likely after his visit this week.
Tollefson’s unreal football odyssey had a brief stop in Oakland where he was on the practice squad back in 2007. After playing in NFL Europe, the New York Giants picked up the versatile defender where he provided valuable depth on two Super Bowl champion teams.
But that is not even half the story of how the Walnut Creek native made his way to the NFL.
Reggie McKenzie was one of the first to see talent in Tollefson. As a part of the Packers organization McKenzie likely evaluated Tollefson who became a 7th round pick out of Northwest Missouri State. A year on the Green Bay practice squad then another in Oakland with stops in NFL Europe between might have deterred many. Tollefson stuck with it and finally stuck on an NFL roster in New York.
While the story is a great and his connection to the Raider franchise is nice, Tollefson’s real benefit will be his ability to play multiple positions. For the Giants he played along the D-line and outside linebacker. For the Raiders he’ll likely be a Jarvis Moss type that will fill in along the line. Tollefson is a solid pass rusher that recorded 5 of his 10 career sacks in 2011.