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Chargers in contract talks to keep Mike Tolbert

San Diego Chargers' Tolbert gets past Baltimore Ravens' Lewis to score a touchdown during their Sunday Night NFL football game in San Diego Reuters

Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diego reports that the Chargers are in contract talks to retain free agent running back Mike Tolbert, and negotiations have reached a “critical stage.”

Per Acee, the team wants to know soon whether Tolbert is “in or out,” and may threaten to move on to free agent Jackie Battle if a deal isn’t reached in short order.

Tolbert is a considerably more valuable back than Battle, though, so the leverage game shouldn’t be fooling Tolbert’s agents. Tolbert can pass block and catch passes. Battle doesn’t do either of those things particularly well. Tolbert is also a couple of years younger than Battle.

Tolbert’s market doesn’t appear to be crawling with suitors, however. The Chiefs signed Peyton Hillis instead of him on Thursday, and Tolbert isn’t known to have taken any other free agent visits.

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29 Responses to “Chargers in contract talks to keep Mike Tolbert”
  1. asw1028 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:56 PM

    Wow, I’m surprised that Tolbert isn’t getting any love. He is nimble for his size and almost unstoppable when he gets a head of steam behind him.

  2. canelosandiego says: Mar 15, 2012 10:56 PM

    Tolbert would be smart to resign with the chargers.. he knows the system and has done well for himself in the rotation with ryan matthews…

  3. ctiggs says: Mar 15, 2012 10:57 PM

    i wish he would go somewhere, else he kills my fantasy points for ryan matthews.

  4. mark0226 says: Mar 15, 2012 11:00 PM

    What about Michael Bush?

  5. mymorningstory says: Mar 15, 2012 11:02 PM

    Wondering why Tolbert hasn’t had more interest in the market so far.. He is by far the best FA RB available

  6. chiefwildcat says: Mar 15, 2012 11:09 PM

    I’m sure Tolbert feels threatened by Jackie Battle.

  7. mullman7675 says: Mar 15, 2012 11:13 PM

    Play for the Raiders and stick it to AJ twice a year.

  8. txxxchief says: Mar 15, 2012 11:15 PM

    As a Chiefs fan, I’d trade Tolbert for Jackie Battle any day!

  9. rca26 says: Mar 15, 2012 11:17 PM

    Shoot, I’d take the Touchdown Gremlin on my team if no one else wants him. All the dude does is find the end zone.

  10. asublimeday says: Mar 15, 2012 11:21 PM

    He’d make a nasty thunder-and-lightning combo with Forte.

  11. nedhigginssports says: Mar 15, 2012 11:25 PM

    Jerry Reese, please find a way to have this guy wearing big blue next year.

  12. chiefsroyals says: Mar 15, 2012 11:38 PM

    The Chargers can have Battle and the Chiefs will take Tolbert. Deal?

  13. mrgroovesd says: Mar 15, 2012 11:47 PM

    I don’t think they need to sign him after getting McClain unless he’s taking a lesser role like Hester would if he resigns with the team.

  14. humb0lt says: Mar 15, 2012 11:57 PM

    Come on back, Mike. The Chargers are going to lead the league in offense again. Don’t miss out on the Super Bowl express in SD this year.

  15. boltfaninfalconcountry says: Mar 16, 2012 12:31 AM

    I like Tolbert too but like Matthews, he tends to put the ball on the ground from time to time.

  16. johanneschimpo says: Mar 16, 2012 12:43 AM

    Uh oh, is this everyone jumping on the Charger wagon now? They’ve had a killer offseason so far.

  17. chiefwildcat says: Mar 16, 2012 1:08 AM

    Word out of Kansas City is the Chiefs are still very much in play for Tolbert.

  18. tropboi11 says: Mar 16, 2012 1:19 AM

    I’m very surprised that there are not more teams going after Tolbert, he would be great with the Bears, Vikings, Jaguars, Giants, Seahawks, 49ers and Cardinals. Look at what ex-Chargers Turner & Sproles have done when they left.

  19. freedomispopular says: Mar 16, 2012 1:41 AM

    Don’t worry. As long as Norv’s in charge they’re not going anywhere.

  20. bkeating51 says: Mar 16, 2012 1:55 AM

    Three hours ago Paul Dottino of WFAN New York tweeted that the Giants just couldn’t afford Tolbert, even after the McClain signing.

  21. sdb0ltz says: Mar 16, 2012 2:10 AM

    I for the most part already accepted that he’d be gone. An awesome running back, but I thought for sure he’d get paid big elsewhere, he deserves it.

    I’ll be stoked if we can keep him too.

    Man… could you imagine Tolbert rumbling down the field with Leron McClain blocking out in front… oh my… Soften up that D then let Mathews breeze right by em in the 2nd half.

  22. sdb0ltz says: Mar 16, 2012 2:11 AM

    The Stanky Leg!!!

  23. blue22ro says: Mar 16, 2012 2:43 AM

    TD machine… i’d show a little interest

  24. MTLighthouse69 says: Mar 16, 2012 4:07 AM

    I like Tolbert a lot, but two things concern me.

    1. I don’t like his running style, because he takes far too many hits to the old noggin. As a result, I don’t think he is going to have a very long career. I am concerned about concussion risk.

    2. He puts the ball on the ground too much for my liking.

    What surprises me is that there aren’t more suitors for BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Especially for a team like the Chargers whose primary issues on offense last year was turnovers and poor offensive line play due to injuries, and lack of composure on the field.

    BenJarvus Green-Ellis throughout his entire career has never fumbled the ball, and he shouldn’t cost too much to bring in. And lets face it, he played for the Patriots, a team that seldom loses their composure on the field.

  25. watermelon1 says: Mar 16, 2012 5:30 AM

    I thought they brought in McClain with the intention of letting
    Tolbert go?

    Anyway… Shocked a team like the ravens isn’t interested. Ray rice can’t move a pile even if he wanted to, and Tolbert can find that end zone! Not like they have any red One targets in their receiving corp.

  26. tramonisland says: Mar 16, 2012 6:03 AM

    Tolbert would be a perfect addition to the Packers style of offense. Teddy make this deal happen!

  27. 1bucfan813 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:16 AM

    The Bucs need you!!! I rather have Tolbert than Blunt.

  28. joetoronto says: Mar 16, 2012 6:26 AM

    Yes, the annual “Super Bowl Express”, lol

    How’s that empty trophy case working out for you losers?

  29. pdxbolt says: Mar 16, 2012 5:34 PM

    Faider fan seems angry about his free agency so far. Don’t worry….you still got the draft. Oh wait.

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