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New York Giants News and Notes: Bye Bye Tollefson Edition

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Good morning fellow Giants fans. You probably have heard by now that defensive end Dave Tollefson has agreed to terms with the Oakland Raiders on a two-year deal. I am pretty sure I have accurately heard of Tolly referred to as a "lunch pail" guy, the kind that Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin love, but let's face it--the Giants are crowded on the D-line, and have absolutely sick talent on the ends, and it wasn't worth keeping Tollefson for the money he was looking for just for depth....

Dave Tollefson agrees to terms with Raiders after five seasons with Giants |
Even before free agency started, it was evident Dave Tollefson wasn't coming back to the Giants. The only question was where he was headed. The answer came tonight: the Oakland Raiders. Tollefson, a Bay area native, has agreed to terms with the Raiders, according to someone informed of the progress of negotiations. The person requested anonymity because the deal is not yet official. It's a return to Oakland for Tollefson, whom the Giants signed off the Raiders' practice squad in 2007.

Former Giants LB Pierce sounds off on Gregg Williams | New York Daily News
Pierce did say that Williams went "too far" in his comments about Kyle Williams’ concussion issues, but he was quick that the mentality was not wrong. "I don’t think you ever want to injure a player," Pierce said. "But you do want to physically hurt him. You want to take his will." Pierce added that the Giants did not have "bounties" when he played in New York, but they did have "incentives." "We always had fun with things," he said. "There were moments in games where there were bigger and better opportunities to make a name for yourself. And if you’re a young guy and you’ve got a guy like Antonio Pierce saying ‘Hey, if you do X, Y, and Z, maybe this happens’ Why not? I was in that position before. It’s part of the game."

Please, Antonio, please just be quiet for a few days.

Paul Schwartz says don’t equate how the New York Giants spoke about Kyle Williams of the San Francisco 49ers with the New Orleans Saints and Bountygate. -
Identifying injuries and ailments are significant details included in the scouting report each week, a part of the study of the upcoming opponent considered required reading and vital knowledge. If you’re injured, stay off the field. If you’re hurting, you’re fair game. Anyone who doesn’t realize this and is partial to linking a few innocuous comments the Giants said about the 49ers’ Kyle Williams after the NFC Championship and the borderline-sadistic urgings of Gregg Williams to the Saints’ defense one week earlier needs an education on the legal brutality of NFL football.

Kyle Williams' father, White Sox GM Kenny Williams, releases statement - CBSSports
"To answer the questions directed specifically to me, as a father first and foremost, I am glad to report Kyle's concussion tests have been extremely positive and we are grateful he is ready and anxious to get back to competition. Personally, suspension or not, it's probably best I'm never in a room with Gregg Williams and wonder if such an order crosses the line of the aggressive, competitive spirit we all know and love about the sport; and leans closer to a criminal act and therefore a litigious matter. "Putting aside my fatherly feelings and putting on my sports executive hat, I have tremendous respect and admiration for the league in general, the 49ers organization and Trent Balke and Jim Harbaugh in particular. I have no doubt they are monitoring the situation very closely and will take the appropriate action should they deem it necessary in this matter."

I'd pay to see Kenny and Gregg in the same room together. And I didn't notice until now that they have the same last name.

Ware hoping for increased opportunity - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
After spending the next few seasons in relative obscurity, Ware began to get more opportunities to show his skills. In 2011, he was active for the Giants' 16 regular-season and four post-season contests. He finished the regular season with a career-high 46 carries for 163 yards, and 27 receptions for 170 yards as the team's third-down back. This year, Ware is hoping to build off those numbers as he'll compete with Da'Rel Scott and Andre Brown for the No. 2 running back spot behind starter Ahmad Bradshaw.

I wonder how much opportunity Ware would have had if that shotgun draw wasn't drawn up.

Tuck to take part in White House Easter Egg hunt - New York Giants - RapidReports
DE Justin Tuck will be at the White House Eastern Egg hunt as a representative for Subway, the fast food chain, Newsday's Tom Rock wrote on his Twitter account.