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Dave Tollefson

It looks like things are back to normal at 1265. After a wild and crazy couple weeks where we were pretty sure Ted Thompson was abducted and replaced with an alien clone, the Green Bay Packers have returned to doing nothing but waiting around for the draft.

That nothing includes not signing defensive end Dave Tollefson, who the team had in for a visit last week. Tollefson left town without a contract and subsequently visited both Seattle and Oakland. He signed with the Raiders on Friday.

Unfortunately, it appears the Packers weren’t even in the running for Tollefson. The Press Gazette reported earlier on Friday the former New York Giant wouldn’t sign with Green Bay, the team that initially drafted him.

The Packers would have moved Tollefson to outside linebacker, where he would have competed with the likes of Brad Jones and Frank Zombo for playing time. Tollefson had more sacks — five — in a part-time role with the Giants last season than Zombo and Jones combined.

In all likelihood, the Packers will look to the draft for an outside linebacker. However, there may now be a chance the team considers bringing back last season’s starter, Erik Walden.

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9 Comments

  1. packsoldier April 7, 2012

    I want Shea McLellin. My fear is that, with his stock rising so fast, he won’t fall to 28.

    1. Vijay April 7, 2012

      That’s not true. He’s not rated anywhere (seriously) as a 1st Rounder. I’d worry more about positioning in Rd 2 if we really wanted him. We’d need to take some picks (non-compensatory) and do our best to trade up to the first half of Round 1 to have a shot at him.

      1. Vijay April 7, 2012

        Um, I meant Round 2—trade up in Rd 2

      2. packsoldier April 8, 2012

        Vijay – the draft magazines are a bit outdated.

  2. Vijay April 7, 2012

    That means that the Shea and Clay party at the QB is still a possibility!! Also, let’s not forget that better play on the D Line is the real goal this offseason. We already have Brad Jones, Vic So’oto and others to apply some pressure in schemes. Get some more studs up front and we’ll be fine on the back end.

  3. iltarion April 8, 2012

    Missing out on Tolefson is like missing out on the measles.

    No loss.

  4. mxz600 April 8, 2012

    I’d buy that. But D Bell might have been a decent pick up. Saturday was needed (badly) And Hargrove will be lucky to make the team. Maybe as a back up…maybe.

    1. nick perry April 10, 2012

      With the exception of Raji, (if he doesn’t play like last year that is) Hardrove will be a upgrade over everybody. Pickett will be better against the run but I believe you’re way off about Hargrove.

  5. Abe Frohman April 9, 2012

    No big loss, in my opinion. He was a 4-3 DE. Who knows what he’d do in pass coverage as an OLB?