Tollefson will not change the Raiders’ defense, but he is a solid player who bolsters the defensive front.
Tollefson is a solid third defensive end who is versatile enough to play tackle and linebacker in some sets. That makes him a perfect rotational fit for new coach Dennis Allen’s plans to use multiple fronts.
The Raiders could use Tollefson since the promising Trevor Scott signed with New England and Jarvis Moss is unsigned and probably not in Oakland’s plans. Tollefson had five sacks last season. He will provide a good pass-rushing burst as a backup. Again, Tollefson is not a premier player, but there is plenty of value in this signing.
He is signing for two years. The Raiders offered Tollefson more guaranteed money than other suitors. Tollefson is a Bay Area native who was on Oakland’s practice squad in 2007.
In other AFC West news:
I could see Denver, Kansas City and San Diego all considering Chris Crocker, who was just cut by the Bengals. All three teams could use a veteran safety and have considered options this offseason. Crocker, who has durability issues, is 32 and he was a captain.