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Dave Tollefson | Defensive Lineman

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/19/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 260
College: Northwest Missouri State

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Free agent DE Dave Tollefson announced his retirement from the NFL.
Tollefson, 31, was a Packers seventh-round pick in 2006. He made his NFL debut with the Giants in 2007 and played five seasons with the team before turning a five-sack 2011 into a two-year, $2.5 million deal with the Raiders. Tollefson registered just a half-sack in 2012 and was released last March. Fri, Feb 14, 2014 10:16:00 AM

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Raiders released DE Dave Tollefson.

Tollefson signed a two-year deal with Oakland last offseason as a pass-rush specialist, but he proved to be a bust. He notched just a half-sack. The Raiders save $1.6 million against the cap with the move.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 08:01:00 PM

CSN Bay Area expects the Raiders to part ways with DE Dave Tollefson.

A pass-rushing specialist, Tollefson was invisible in the first season of a two-year contract in 2012, notching just 0.5 sacks. He's also on the wrong side of 30. The cap-strapped Raiders will save $1.6 million if they void the final year of Tollefson's contract.
Wed, Feb 13, 2013 06:39:00 PM

DE Dave Tollefson's deal with the Raiders is for two years and $2.5 million.

It includes $1.5 million guaranteed. It's reserve money for a player who will serve as the Raiders' fifth or sixth defensive lineman. Despite his five-sack 2011, Tollefson won't be worth monitoring in IDP leagues.
Sat, Apr 7, 2012 09:34:00 AM

Raiders agreed to terms with DE Dave Tollefson, formerly of the Giants.

Operating as the Giants' No. 4 end for the majority of last season, Tollefson registered 21 tackles, five sacks, and a forced fumble. He was held off the stat sheet in the playoffs, however, with Osi Umenyiora back healthy. Tollefson joins Desmond Bryant as the key reserves before Raiders D-Line starters Tommy Kelly, Richard Seymour, Matt Shaughnessy, and Lamarr Houston.
Fri, Apr 6, 2012 09:40:00 PM

The Packers have dropped out of the running for free agent DE Dave Tollefson.

It looks like he's either headed to the Raiders or Titans. Tollefson is a situational rusher with special teams value, but the Packers weren't going to overpay for a 30-year-old non-starter. He visited Tennessee late this week.
Fri, Apr 6, 2012 08:20:00 PM

Free agent DE Dave Tollefson will visit the Raiders on Tuesday.

The Newark Star-Ledger reports Tollefson is also set to visit the Titans after spending the weekend in Green Bay. According to the National Football Post, the Packers remain "in the mix" for the former Giant.
Tue, Apr 3, 2012 11:03:00 AM

Free agent DE Dave Tollefson has no other visits lined up after visiting the Packers over the weekend.

Tollefson, of course, left Green Bay without a deal but "(remains) in the mix." The pass-rushing specialist previously visited the Seahawks, and has drawn interest from the Raiders. It would appear he needs to lower his asking price.
Mon, Apr 2, 2012 12:27:00 PM

Free agent DE Dave Tollefson will visit the Packers on Thursday.

The Pack were known to be interested in the pass-rushing specialist, but had yet to line up a visit. Tollefson is also drawing looks from Oakland and Seattle.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 02:42:00 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Raiders are interested in free agent DE Dave Tollefson.

The Packers and Seahawks are also pursuing the long-time Giant. Tollefson notched a career-high five sacks in 2011, but is not an every-down player and will turn 30 in July. His price will have to be right to end up with the cap-strapped Raiders.
Sat, Mar 24, 2012 04:57:00 PM

A league source tells the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that the Packers have "definite interest" in free agent DE Dave Tollefson.

Tollefson, who goes 6-foot-4, 255, would presumably play outside linebacker in Green Bay's 3-4 scheme. He's been a defensive end with the Giants. Tollefson is turning 30 in July. He was the Packers' seventh-round draft pick in 2006.
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 11:00:00 AM

The Seahawks will host DE Dave Tollefson for a free agent visit on Thursday.

Per Sirius NFL Radio's Adam Caplan, the Buccaneers and Packers also have some interest in Tollefson. Seattle will be Tollefson's first visit of free agency.
Wed, Mar 21, 2012 01:46:00 PM

Free agent DE Dave Tollefson is fully expected to hit the open market on Tuesday.'s Peter King recently ranked Tollefson as the 41st best player available in free agency. NFL teams shouldn't value him nearly that high, but he's likely to receive more money than the G-Men are willing to pay. Tollefson, who turns 30 before the season, finished the 2011 campaign with five sacks.
Mon, Mar 12, 2012 12:47:00 PM

Impending free agent DE Dave Tollefson believes he broke his hand in the Giants' Super Bowl win.

Tollefson also dislocated his pinky finger. The injuries shouldn't prevent him from participating in OTAs. Playing under a one-year deal in 2011, Tollefson tallied 21 tackles and five sacks in a part-time role. Brutal against the run, he won't garner interest as anything other than a pass-rushing specialist on the open market.
Mon, Feb 6, 2012 10:46:00 AM

Giants agreed to terms with DE Dave Tollefson.

The 29-year-old Tollefson played sparingly on defense last year, though he still managed two forced fumbles and a half sack. He chipped in eight special teams tackles. Tollefson should have a good shot at the Giants' No. 4 end role.
Fri, Aug 5, 2011 04:29:00 PM

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