The Raiders agreed in principle to a contract with veteran defensive lineman Dave Tollefson on Friday afternoon, this newspaper has learned.

Details of the contract are being finalized. A person with knowledge of the situation said Tollefson's signing is imminent and a mere formality.

Tollefson, 29, spent the past five seasons with the New York Giants, where he played a part in their winning two Super Bowl titles.

He is expected to carve out a niche as part of Oakland's defensive line rotation. He played defensive end, defensive tackle and linebacker for the Giants.

Tollefson started two games last season and posted a career-high five sacks in the Giants Super Bowl-winning season.

Tollefson is an Ygnacio Valley High School graduate. He also attended Los Medanos College.

His signing will help offset the loss of veteran defensive linemen Jarvis Moss and Trevor Scott. Moss remains a free agent. Scott signed with the New England Patriots earlier in free agency.

The Raiders won't comment on the matter until the contract is signed and the league approves the paperwork.

Tollefson was with the Raiders in training camp and on their practice squad for part of the 2007 season before the Giants signed him to their 53-man roster.

Originally, he was a seventh-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2006. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was with the Packers when Tollefson was there for one season.



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