Dave Tollefson Signs With Oakland Raiders

Dave Tollefson #71 of the New York Giants sacks Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins during their game at The New Meadowlands Stadium. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Now-former New York Giants pass rushing specialist Dave Tollefson came to Wisconsin for a visit, but he's opted to sign for someone other than the Green Bay Packers. Yesterday, he inked a contract with the Oakland Raiders, who were in need of a bit of pass rushing help. Unsurprisingly, Reggie McKenzie and Ted Thompson both had some interest in the same guy.

Tollefson is going to play a similar role in Oakland as he would have for the Packers, but probably for an extra year and a bit more money than Green Bay offered. He signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the Raiders. They use 4-3 and 3-4 looks, so Tollefson will probably get some chances to play standing up and with his hand in the dirt. He also has played inside before in extreme pass rushing situations.

A 3-4 OLB was always going to be a top priority for the Packers in the draft even if they did sign a player like Tollefson, but they can probably stand to add two players at the position as it stands. One has to wonder whether this opens the door for Erik Walden to potentially return. Much like Howard Green and Ryan Grant, we probably won't know whether or not the team wants anything to do with them until after the draft.

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