It seems like it's signing season for the Oakland Raiders and after a few days of rumors, the Raiders confirmed on April 9 that they had indeed signed free agent defensive end Dave Tollefson. I think the Raiders defense was a major problem area in 2011 and I like how new GM Reggie McKenzie is attacking the problem and making moves to create a strong unit.
Dave Tollefson is a solid player and the Raiders did not pay a huge amount of money for him. But after a few years in the league, he just does not seem to have really made an impact. Not enough impact to be a regular starter and I think that's what the Raiders need, defensive stars, not just another utility guy. Just like other decisions, I guess we just have to trust Reggie. Here's a closer look at new Oakland Raiders defensive end Dave Tollefson:
The DealAccording to ESPN business analyst Andrew Brandt, Tollefson's deal with the Raiders is a two-year deal worth $2.5 million.
Already knows Reggie McKenzieIn 2006, when McKenzie was in charge of scouting for the Packers, he drafted Tollefson, who ended up signing with New York.
Raider ExperienceTollefson played with the team in 2007 and even spent time on the Raiders' practice squad.
Super Bowl ExperienceI like that Tollefson has serious big-game experience. While with the Giants, he played in eight postseason games and helped New York win the championship in both Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI.
Career StatsTollefson played 63 games with the Giants, racking up 81 tackles, 10 sacks, 5 passes knocked down and even 3 forced fumbles. In 2011, he played in every game, started twice and did have a career-high 21 tackles and 5 sacks.
Tollefson is not a youngster, he's 29 and was drafted by the Packers in 2006 as their 7th round pick, the 253rd overall. He grew up in Northern California and went to Northwest Missouri State. He is 6' 4" and weighs 266 pounds, which I think is a bit light for a lineman.
Tollefson is just not enough to turn the Raiders' defense around and I just hope they score some key draft picks in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Although born and raised with Eagles fans in Philadelphia, Freddy Sherman has always been a citizen of Raider Nation at heart. Since his dad got him a signed George Blanda football as child, to meeting Lyle Alzado in the 1980s, he hasn't looked back. Follow him on twitter @thefredsherman
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