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Chargers expect to lose Mike Tolbert, sign another running back

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For the second consecutive offseason, the Chargers are preparing to lose a running back who’s also a solid contributor on special teams.

Mike Tolbert isn’t Darren Sproles, but he’s an important player in San Diego who led the Chargers in touchdowns last season and is also one of their best tacklers in kick coverage. Tolbert is about to become a free agent, and Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego reports that the Chargers expect to lose him.

Although the Chargers and Tolbert’s agent have talked about a new deal, there doesn’t seem to be any progress, and it appears that Tolbert will test the market and ultimately sign elsewhere.

That means the Chargers will be in the market for another running back to operate as the backup to starter Ryan Mathews. Acee mentions Cadillac Williams and Michael Bush as possibilities.

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19 Responses to “Chargers expect to lose Mike Tolbert, sign another running back”
  1. joetoronto says: Mar 1, 2012 12:30 PM

    “Chargers expect to lose everyone who wants more money”

    Keep doing your thing, AJ. :)

  2. asublimeday says: Mar 1, 2012 12:34 PM

    Well with glass-man Matthews and no solid back-up, what could go wrong?

  3. rammerray says: Mar 1, 2012 12:39 PM

    This is why the Chargers will falter this year. First they let LT walk. Then Sproles. Now Tolbert. You heard it here first: Norv Turner will be the first coach mentioned when it comes to the hot seat!

  4. gooboy6 says: Mar 1, 2012 12:40 PM

    Good fit for chiefs behind j charles

  5. mikespimpin says: Mar 1, 2012 12:40 PM

    as a huge charger fan, itd be SICK toget michael bush

  6. gmoneyfunkytown says: Mar 1, 2012 12:41 PM

    Hey, Peyton Hillis might be available…

  7. enriqueic says: Mar 1, 2012 12:44 PM

    He will join Laurnet Robinson, Wes Welker, Michael Turner, & Darren Sproles.

  8. raiderapologist says: Mar 1, 2012 12:59 PM

    I don’t think Bush is looking to a backup anywhere.

  9. smoothaswilkes says: Mar 1, 2012 1:21 PM

    Not a great way to start an off season where the team needs to reload and has over 20 mil in cap room.

    Turner leaving was sort of understandable as the team stuck with LT. Sproles was a debacle, he should have been signed rather than being franchised all those times but then you let him walk? Nice job, AJ.

    Tolbert leaving won’t necessarily be the demise of this team but it will create a large void on offense as well as special teams, remember 2010? SD needs all the ST help it can get.

  10. nineroutsider says: Mar 1, 2012 1:21 PM

    Tolbert would be the final piece to the 9ers three headed monster of Gore, Hunter, and Tolbert. Tolbert is an awesome power runner, goal-line presence, and pass catcher. Hunter is for speed and edge running, and Gore does his thing but only on 15 touches a game. perfect mix.

    Pipe dream though, the 9ers will draft Anthony Dixon’s replacement unless he can step up and keep his spot.

    AJ Smith is awful. Blame Turner all you want, but I think it’s all on AJ. How do you not keep Tolbert when you have Matthews who’s hurt every other week or at least once a month?

  11. goodluckking says: Mar 1, 2012 1:31 PM

    Why in the world would MIchael Bush want to sign as a back-up? He’s superior to Ryan Mattews to begin with….IMO

  12. hannahsdaddy says: Mar 1, 2012 1:35 PM

    rammerray says:
    Mar 1, 2012 12:39 PM
    This is why the Chargers will falter this year. First they let LT walk. Then Sproles. Now Tolbert. You heard it here first: Norv Turner will be the first coach mentioned when it comes to the hot seat!

    —————————————————
    Don’t forget Turner. You could mention Brees also. But the good news is Norv will be back!

  13. rohlo says: Mar 1, 2012 1:37 PM

    quote

    raiderapologist says:
    Mar 1, 2012 12:59 PM
    I don’t think Bush is looking to a backup anywhere.

    with the way mathews gets injured he would probobly start..chargers had talks with al davis a few years back about trading for bush..

  14. georgebrett says: Mar 1, 2012 1:41 PM

    Hopefully they will trade for Darren McFadden and watch him rehab all season long.

  15. lionsmark09 says: Mar 1, 2012 1:42 PM

    Hey, he could be in Detroit if Best can’t return. #2 behind Leshoure would work. Alot of teams though would take him.

  16. jimmylions says: Mar 1, 2012 2:40 PM

    Mike Tolbert – you will look very good in Honolulu Blue and Silver. Be sure to tell your agent that you’d like to be on a team on its way up … a team like Detroit.

  17. mrgroovesd says: Mar 1, 2012 4:05 PM

    I’m wouldn’t be too sad if Tolbert left. He was a good role player but not an impact player like Sproles was. He won’t be like the former Chargers like Turner, Brees, Sproles and LT. I was never sold on him being one of the primary call carriers. I think they can find a replacement to fill his shoes. Hopefully they can find someone that can fill what Sproles was able to do…yeah I know, wishful thinking with AJ as GM.

  18. geo91 says: Mar 1, 2012 4:39 PM

    It’s too bad the Lions used a pick on Leshore when there are reliable power backs on the market this offseason (Bush, Tolbert).

  19. csplac1 says: Mar 3, 2012 12:29 AM

    It’s time we all start realizing that without the poor ownership we have we wouldn’t be stuck with such a miserable GM and Coach. Norv and AJ can’t be retained with Spanos. Until we have ownership that is really committed to winning nothing will ever change. As for Tolbert, he is gone and can be added to the long list of players we have let go and become productive for other teams.

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