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New York Giants Had Offered Dave Tollefson Deal to Return; DE Will Visit Raiders, Titans

April 3rd, 2012 at 6:29 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants are hemorrhaging free agents this offseason, but it hasn't entirely been for lack of effort. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports the team made an offer to defensive end Dave Tollefson, but that a return now seems unlikely.

"Giants had offered DE Dave Tollefson a deal to return. He seems to have options, though. Makes a return much less likely now," Vacchiano tweeted.

In addition to the Green Bay Packers, whom Tollefson met with for two days last week, the former seventh-round pick has visits scheduled with the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans.

It's safe to assume that these alternative options have driven Tollefson's price up, likely beyond what the Giants are willing to pay for a #4 defensive end. However, after four years as a quality reserve and two championships, Tolly has certainly earned whatever money is coming his way.

Despite leaving Green Bay without a contract, the Packers remain the favorite to sign Tollefson. In their 3-4 defensive system, he would move to the outside and play linebacker.


Tags: Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL

4 Responses to “New York Giants Had Offered Dave Tollefson Deal to Return; DE Will Visit Raiders, Titans”

  1.  Luv2Salsa says:

    This, coupled with the posibility of loosing Osi next year, has me convinced a pass rusher will be drafted in rounds 1 or 2.

  2.  kujo says:

    And that’s the point with Big Blue. With Jason Pierre-Paul’s incredible development last season, as well as Umenyiora, Tuck and Chris Canty, the front four can keep Coughlin’s team in any game. We saw that in the playoffs last year, when New York racked up 11 sacks and caused opposing quarterbacks to complete just 57 percent of their passes. It’s not always about sacks — hurries are often equally important.

    Offensively, Eli Manning continues to evolve as one of the most clutch performers in the game, as evidenced by his 115.0 fourth-quarter passer rating in the postseason. Having a pass rush and a clutch quarterback is like possessing two dominant starters and a lineup that can get on base in baseball — they’re both formulas that deliver come playoff time.

    Beyond those riches lie Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, who combined for more than 2,700 receiving yards. Both are back. Ahmad Bradshaw is healthy. Ditto the offensive line, which wasn’t always the case last year.

    What was the case last year, and is again this year: a fine coaching staff guiding the G-Men. Coughlin still gets his guys to play, like he did when they were 6-6 and reeling last December. Kevin Gilbride has been coaching Manning since he came into the league, and might be the most underrated member of the organization.

    Ironically, the Super Bowl champs are just as underrated as their offensive coordinator. While they might not feel “dominant,” and 2012 is a new season, they are as likely a candidate to get to Super Bowl XLVII as anybody else.

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  3.  GIANTT says:

    What I love is that suddenly how valuable the Giants (or any winning team) backups suddenly become when a team wins the Super Bowl . Tollefson was a valuable backup who always had a great deal of enthusiasm and energy but lets face it was never going to be a an every down lineman for the Giants . Now the Giants can go for a top dog rookie with plenty of upside to keep the string going

  4.  JimStoll says:

    Tolley’s been with us for 5 season, not 4 (2007-2011)
    he’s a guy we all crapped on to a degree and he kept surprising
    last year was by far his best when he had to step in and step up as Osi and tuck each missed lots of time
    and he proved to be an excellent rotational guy when one of the big 3 needed a blow
    good luck to wosi

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