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Mike Tolbert to Steelers is “not happening”


Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diego passed along word late Friday that free agent running back Mike Tolbert was drawing interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers. The news from Acee came directly on the heels of his report that Tolbert and the Chargers were “ready to separate” after an ultimately fruitless round of intense contract negotiations.

Acee may have been misled regarding the Steelers’ alleged interest.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote on Twitter Saturday afternoon that Tolbert has “no visit” lined up with the Steelers, and the deal is “not happening.” Tolbert might have made sense for the Steelers due to Rashard Mendenhall’s late-season ACL tear, but they apparently have no interest.

Acee also mentioned the Panthers as a potential destination for Tolbert, although Carolina has two effective running backs under contract (DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart), and a capable third-stringer in Mike Goodson.

It’s easy to connect dots between the Panthers and Tolbert because Carolina’s coaching staff has ties to Tolbert in former Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, now Panthers head coach, and former Chargers tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski, who now coordinates Carolina’s offense. But due to their depth at the position, we suspect the Panthers aren’t all that interested in Tolbert, either.

Tolbert is a valuable role player and will be playing football during the upcoming season, but his market isn’t very hot right now.

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38 Responses to “Mike Tolbert to Steelers is “not happening””
  1. kantnockdahustle89 says: Mar 17, 2012 1:26 PM

    Love heading this news. Tolbert moving up the list of players we all like.

  2. jollyrob68 says: Mar 17, 2012 1:28 PM

    Not being rude but sometimes Gerry Dulac is wrong. He may be right. I hope he’s wrong.

  3. gsiggins says: Mar 17, 2012 1:30 PM

    One of the Niners’ beat writers was saying that they might be interested, and I hope that’s true. I’d imagine everything is kind of on hold until midweek or so anyway, though.

  4. dan55moore says: Mar 17, 2012 1:31 PM

    why would the steelers want steelers have mendenhall ,redman, clay, dwyer all power backs why would they get another one

  5. bearsstillsuck says: Mar 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    I thought the steelers were a passing team now anyway because bathroom Ben is supposedly so awesome.

  6. joncline79 says: Mar 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    Maybe panthers sign him then do some trades at draft

  7. clayton43 says: Mar 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    I think safe to say most Steelers fans knew this was garbage report ….. Is another ” media” report where a writer is giving us his opinion of what may happen without any substance. No reason the Steelers would go after Tolbert or any other free agent that would require any amount of money… Steeelerrs dont get anyone from F/A unless they cant catch on anywhere else and are as cheap as possible lol lol We have a stable of RB’s and will prob draft 1 in later rounds or undrafted prospect.

  8. jdandcoke says: Mar 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    i hope the giants can get this guy….he’d be the perfect compliment to bradshaw…its good to hear that the market on him is cooling.

  9. moolah954 says: Mar 17, 2012 1:34 PM

    its crazy how quickly the value of runningback have declined over the years… for all the fantasy football fans out there it makes all the difference

  10. thetwilightsown says: Mar 17, 2012 1:35 PM


    Thanks, bro.

    You might want to get a move on, though. The market for Michael Bush isn’t exactly on fire either and he should be back home, hat in hand, pretty soon. Be there before him or… the potential return to Norv and AJ looms. YIKES.

    P.S. You’re the best RB those bozos had last year! If they didn’t know it then, they won’t know it now. We would show you the love!!!!

  11. thesmiteofthewicked says: Mar 17, 2012 1:35 PM

    They probably don’t have the cap space, but the Giants would make perfect sense, as a duo with Bradshaw.

  12. TSizzleBallSoHard says: Mar 17, 2012 1:36 PM


  13. Stiller43 says: Mar 17, 2012 1:38 PM

    Would have liked tolbert, but in reality it didnt make sense. We already have the big bruiser back (redman) and if anything we need a speedster (baron batch may fit this role).

    Veteran free agents are too expensive, especially when you consider he would not have been playing a large role in the burgh.

  14. youcantquitmebaby says: Mar 17, 2012 1:43 PM

    Tolbert would be a major upgrade over Goodson. Hope the Cats sign him.

  15. asw1028 says: Mar 17, 2012 1:44 PM

    Tolbert would be a good fit on any team–shifty, powerful and a very good burst. I think his initial burst is why he scores so many red zone TD’s. He may not have breakaway speed but that doesn’t really matter when you’re only 10-15 yards away from the end zone.

  16. maxvain says: Mar 17, 2012 1:45 PM

    Very under-rated RB. Surprised by the lack of interest he is getting. Cleveland can pair him with Trent Richardson. Tampa Bay should take a hard look at this guy too, pair him with Blount. He is versatile, between the tackles runner, that has strength to push the pile and can be very efficient in the red zone.

  17. onderin says: Mar 17, 2012 2:15 PM

    Tolbert going to Oakland would actually be a pretty intriguing signing if they were interested. Only if they can get him at an affordable back-up price though.

  18. bunjy96 says: Mar 17, 2012 2:21 PM


    Don’t think they have any one behind Blount and Richardson is no sure thing (Browns need RB)

  19. tluke25 says: Mar 17, 2012 3:03 PM

    For the most part, Running Backs are a dime a dozen. (with the exception of Peterson and Johnson).

    Tolbert would average 3.6 yds per carry and so would some guy who shows up at Steeler camp who won’t even make the team.

    If you want good Running Backs, draft offensive lineman.

  20. vikesandravens78 says: Mar 17, 2012 3:05 PM


  21. brownbuddha says: Mar 17, 2012 3:19 PM

    Mike Tolbert to the Ravens as a backup to Rice. He shouldn’t be expensive given the lack of interest so far. Ricky Williams retired, so there are reps to be had. He is a TD machine near the goal line, so he would make sense for a team with poor red zone performance.

  22. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 17, 2012 4:12 PM

    Maybe Cleveland, nice 1-2 Punch with Trent Richardson next season. Pounding down the throats of the rest of AFC North. Playoffs here come Brownies!

  23. patsfiend says: Mar 17, 2012 4:18 PM

    Amazing, none of these RB’s are going anywhere. The days of established RB’s getting blockbuster deals are o-ver.

  24. willmack1978 says: Mar 17, 2012 4:20 PM

    Mike Tolbert needs to come to Denver! The combo of Mcgahee and Tolbert would be a great 1,2 punch! And would be able to torment the sorry ass chargeless lighting bolts twice a year!

  25. teamgoku says: Mar 17, 2012 4:51 PM

    I would love to see Denver pick him up but until Elway and crew stop waiting around for Manning to decide what he is doing it doesn’t seem that the Broncos will do anything and by then he will be gone im sure

  26. jcb6427 says: Mar 17, 2012 5:10 PM

    Tolbert would be a great replacement for Michael Bush in Oakland. If he ever wants to get a Super Bowl ring, he’ll have to leave San Diego. Oakland is now up & coming and should get back to the Big Dance within 3-4 years.

  27. wtf2812 says: Mar 17, 2012 5:40 PM

    The Steelers better do SOMETHING about running back, especially if Mendenhall won;t be ready for the start of the season.

  28. jagerbolt says: Mar 17, 2012 6:14 PM

    P.S. You’re the best RB those bozos had last year! If they didn’t know it then, they won’t know it now. We would show you the love!!!!

    lol What? Uuuh, no. Mathews is the better RB. His only issue is that so far he has dealt with injuries – which allowed Tolbert to get reps to begin with.

    Kind of surprised at the amount of love Tolbert is getting on here. Don’t get me wrong, I like the guy too but he isn’t THAT amazing.

    Sounds like he is asking for a lot of money and teams won’t pay up for a RB who has a history of fumbling the ball. They can find a younger cheaper version of him undrafted.

    At any rate best of luck to him!

  29. kenyonsupertramp says: Mar 17, 2012 6:17 PM

    Panthers do not have the money. Did you see where we picked up special teams player from vikings. That dude is a freight train with legs.

  30. dpmicek says: Mar 17, 2012 10:27 PM

    Come SD let’s get Tolbert back!!!

  31. dpmicek says: Mar 17, 2012 10:28 PM

    Let’s get Tolbert back AJ!!!

  32. joncline79 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:58 PM

    Panthers are like 8 million under cap now

  33. ottomanismydog says: Mar 17, 2012 11:29 PM

    They can’t get Tolbert on the cheap… but they can get Leron McClain.

  34. kenyonsupertramp says: Mar 18, 2012 3:11 AM

    Who thinks J Stewart will leave next yr? I hope the Panthers are leaving some money for him. Cant see him slipping away from us.

  35. steel2372 says: Mar 18, 2012 1:11 PM

    Steelers could use Tolbert with Mendy out for awhile.

  36. quittsburghstoolers says: Mar 18, 2012 3:19 PM

    steel2372 says:Mar 18, 2012 1:11 PM

    Steelers could use Tolbert with Mendy out for awhile.


    Big Bum won’t have any use for Tolbert unless it
    turns out he’s really a drunken college co-ed in disguise…

  37. engymass2 says: Mar 19, 2012 7:10 AM

    Steelers don’t have enough money to pay attention, and certainly can’t pay Tolbert.

  38. peester15 says: Mar 19, 2012 9:15 AM says that he spent Sunday night here in Charlotte, NC. Stewart trade coming to save cap $$?

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