AFC West: Chris Crocker

The Oakland Raiders need depth, and they just added some to their deepest position. A source confirms Dave Tollefson has agreed to a deal with the Raiders.

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:

Pregame notes from San Diego

December, 20, 2009
12/20/09
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SAN DIEGO -- Chad Ochocinco is on the field and he is wearing his No. 85 jersey.

He was considering wearing No. 15 to honor teammate Chris Henry. Henry died Thursday after he suffered major head injuries when he fell out of a truck Wednesday following a domestic dispute. Ochocinco was subject to an NFL suspension had he worn Henry’s jersey.

  • San Diego center Nick Hardwick is missing his 13th straight game with an ankle injury.
  • San Diego linebacker Kevin Burnett is inactive with a neck injury.
  • Cincinnati’s Pat Sims will start at defensive tackle for Domata Peko, who has a knee injury.
  • Cincinnati’s Tom Nelson will start at free safety for Chris Crocker, who has an ankle injury.

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