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Free Agent Dave Tollefson Will Visit Packers This Week

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Free Agent Dave Tollefson Will Visit Packers This Week

The Green Bay Packers interest in free agent Dave Tollefson is starting to heat up.

According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Tollefson is scheduled to visit Green Bay on Thursday and Friday of this week.

Tollefson, a former seventh-round pick of the Packers in 2006, contributed 21 tackles and five sacks in 13 games for the New York Giants last season. Since getting signed off the Packers' practice squad before the 2007 season, Tollefson has 81 tackles, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles in 67 career games, all with the Giants.

While a defensive end with New York, the Packers likely see the 266-pounder as an option to play outside linebacker, a position that currently has no answer opposite Clay Matthews.

However, it may be a stretch to call Tollefson an immediate upgrade over what the Packers currently have, especially as a pass-rusher.

According to Pro Football Focus, Tollefson graded out as the No. 67 overall 4-3 defensive end in 2011—good for dead last on their rankings. On over 355 pass-rushing snaps, Tollefson registered just five sacks, two quarterback hits and nine pressures. In comparison, incumbent starter Erik Walden had 3/14/22 on 426 pass-rushing snaps in 2011.

Only an average pass-rusher at best, Tollefson would also have to adjust to a position change in the Packers' 3-4 defense.

Tollefson, who turns 30 in July, has had previous free-agent visits with the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks.

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Lars's picture

TT's dumpster diving, again. Who's next Jason Hunter and Michael Montgomery?

pkrNboro's picture

'splain this to me.

Anthony's picture

I understand all of the other visitors, but not this one. We need a pass rushing OLB. Not a guy who is worse than Walden, who (at best) is below average at rushing the passer.

cow42's picture

love it.

aussiepacker's picture

This one makes me scratch my head.

Michael's picture

Honestly,seems like due diligence more than anything. I hope he doesnt actually get this guy unless we are truely desperate which we don't seem to be.

cow42's picture

i think this guy can play olb.

Evan's picture

Based on what?

Rocky70's picture

The one thing we do know is that the present group of fodder cannot play OLB ---- They are Zombo, Walden, & B. Jones. Plus I'll throw in Lattimore & So'oto also. Somehow I've just got that ol' feel'in that two more UFA plucked from some alley someplace will prove their ineptness soon enough.

At least Tollefson has a bit of a track record with the Giants. Can he play OLB? ----- TC & preseason games should provide an answer.

Besides the starter will probably come out of the 2012 draft ---- 1st, 2nd or 3rd round.

Packattack's picture

I see cheap competition at OLB.

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