CBA BLOCKS GIANTS' ABILITY TO EXTEND DAVE TOLLEFSON'S CONTRACT
"If the New York
Giants wish to re-sign defensive end Dave
Tollefson, they're going to have to wait until his current deal expires
on March 13th and he tests free agent waters.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Vince Young (8) runs
downfield in the first quarter of their NFL football
game against the New York
Giants in East Rutherford, New Jersey, November
20, 2011. At left is Giants' Dave
(71) and at the back are Eagles' Jason Peters (71) and Todd
Herremans (79). REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL
Because Tollefson played under a “minimum salary benefit deal” last season -a
one-year contract for the veteran minimum that counts for less against the
salary cap- the Giants are unable to extend or renegotiate his contract under
the rules laid out in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Instead,
his current deal must be allowed to expire and he must officially become a free
agent before the team can reach out to him to discuss a new deal.
The Giants have expressed an interest in Tollefson returning, but he may
ultimately seek an opportunity for more playing time or a bump in salary.
In 16 games last season, Tollefson had 21 tackles, five sacks and two forced
fumbles as a reserve, although he did start two games because of injuries to
Tollefson is often vastly underrated due to the incredible talent that plays
around him, but as a #4 DE, he's about as valuable and talented as they come.
He's spent the last five seasons with the Giants, and has contributed both on
defense and special teams.
In 2011, he earned a base salary of $685,000 (plus $50,000 in incentives),
but only $525,000 was held against the cap."