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Chargers offered Tolbert more than Panthers

The San Diego Chargers wanted to keep running back Mike Tolbert.  The Panthers got him.

But it’s not because the Panthers offered more than the only team with which Tolbert had  ever played.  According to Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego, the Panthers actually offered less.

Acee writes via Twitter than Tolbert will make $8.4 million on a four-year deal, which could max out at $10 million.  Per Acee, the Chargers averaged $1 million more.

Per year.

Acee says Tolbert wanted to get back to the South; he’s from Douglasville, Georgia, and he played college football at Coastal Carolina.

His role with the Panthers currently isn’t clear.  The official release from the Panthers lists Tolbert as a fullback, which tends to bolster the notion that DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart will remain the top running backs, and that Stewart won’t be traded.

“Mike is a very versatile player who can do a lot of different things for us,” G.M. Marty Hurney said in a team-issued release.  “He plays fullback, catches the ball well out of the backfield, plays running back, and is an outstanding special teams player.  It was a good fit and gives us a chance to add another weapon on offense.  We are excited about bringing him back to the Carolinas.”

Tolbert must be excited, too.  Otherwise, he wouldn’t have given up $4 million over four years to play there.

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37 Responses to “Chargers offered Tolbert more than Panthers”
  1. mwcarolina says: Mar 19, 2012 11:18 PM

    this is a strange move still. while it may work with him as a fullback, it’s just odd as there’s already 3 backs in Carolina, i do see Goodson gone sometime, but Stewart and Williams will get there runs and so will Newton, hope Tolbert can take that, i think in the end it will just add to the team, but it’s just odd, he went here.

  2. tuckfanforlife says: Mar 19, 2012 11:30 PM

    nobody wants to play for the chargers

  3. lennydpocketqb says: Mar 19, 2012 11:31 PM

    Someone wanted to leave San Diego.

  4. jonathonrandle says: Mar 19, 2012 11:38 PM

    Mike, did you butcher this story on purpose? That’s one million over the life of the contract, not “per year.”

  5. oside760 says: Mar 19, 2012 11:44 PM

    at least tolbert is smart enough to realize that winning is not an option if you play for the chargers

  6. ppc50 says: Mar 19, 2012 11:44 PM

    Obviously gave up a lot of money, but it is cheaper to live in the South, he is from there, and if he is involved with charities, or businesses, in that area he can continue after he is done playing.

  7. dionoil says: Mar 19, 2012 11:46 PM

    Don’t underestimate Cam Newton as a free agent draw. The panthers will never spend big money in free agency, that’s not their philosophy. But they get the the guys they target.

  8. lbraiders says: Mar 19, 2012 11:46 PM

    I don’t blame Tolbert chargers suck!! !! raider nation baby!!

  9. oside760 says: Mar 19, 2012 11:47 PM

    “this is a strange move still. while it may work with him as a fullback, it’s just odd as there’s already 3 backs in Carolina, i do see Goodson gone sometime, but Stewart and Williams will get there runs and so will Newton, hope Tolbert can take that, i think in the end it will just add to the team, but it’s just odd, he went here.”

    why is it odd that he doesn’t wanna play for a crappy team and that he gets to go back to where he played his college ball??? i dont understand your logic

  10. rantfire says: Mar 19, 2012 11:51 PM

    So if you play fantasy football, you can completely avoid the Panther backfield, because odds are you’ll start the wrong Panther back and watch the other two break records on your bench.

  11. ravenator says: Mar 19, 2012 11:56 PM

    Man is smart. He’s prolonging his career.

  12. nowillrepeat says: Mar 19, 2012 11:56 PM

    Former chargers have great success in the nfcs

  13. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 20, 2012 12:09 AM

    Tolbert will back up the team’s #1 fullback, Nearly Normal Newton.

  14. nflhof says: Mar 20, 2012 12:28 AM

    Yeah no one wants to play in SD …. Hardwick, Gaither, Johnson, Royal, McClain, Bigby, Rosario, McMichael.

    I guess your right

  15. comrade760 says: Mar 20, 2012 12:29 AM

    “nobody wants to play for the chargers”

    J Gaither
    N Hardwick
    R McMichael
    R Meacham
    E Royal
    J Johnson
    A Rosario
    L McClain
    A Bigby

    Man, there are some stupid posts on this site.

  16. gitchogameon says: Mar 20, 2012 12:37 AM

    Yo Mike, he is a FB. Best used in GL situations. He’s a stone wall in pass blocking. Has good hands to get those dump-offs and screens. They can use him like Reece in Oaktown. Good job Panthers.

    Go (explicit word) yourself, San Diego. Lord of no Rings.

  17. jolink653 says: Mar 20, 2012 12:47 AM

    if panthers want to send stewart over to the patriots for a draft pick i’m sure BB would be more than happy to accommodate them…stewart would be a great fit for that offense and it would give them more time to develop vereen and ridley

  18. mullman7675 says: Mar 20, 2012 12:50 AM

    This is my favorite story of the free agency period. The demise of the chargers continues. The man gave up millions and the best climate in the world to move back to the sweltering south. Wow, the chargers are slipping- I love it.

  19. CKL says: Mar 20, 2012 12:53 AM

    You know, I get that most RBs are fungible these days. I get why they let Tomlinson walk. I can even sort of get why they let Turner walk. This one sounds like he wanted to leave and they had no shot. But letting Sproles walk was insanity on their part

  20. darklordz3ro says: Mar 20, 2012 1:28 AM

    From a Chargers fan, he’s a good RB-a bruising runner with good hands and solid in pass-blocking, but a mediocre FB who can’t run block consistently.

    The Chargers didn’t even know Tolbert was a weapon at RB until LT left and Ryan Mathews got hurt. As for the FB story, he couldn’t beat out Jacob Hester who’s built more as a RB than FB.

    Carolina better use him as a RB!

  21. peytonfavrecircus says: Mar 20, 2012 1:33 AM

    Mike, hope to catch you at your folks’ restaurant one day. Why didn’t you try the Falcons? Thanks for the good memories in SD. Wish I’d started you more often in FF.

  22. geo91 says: Mar 20, 2012 1:34 AM

    ryan matthews just got a huge fantasy boost with the vulture out of town

  23. pantherdan says: Mar 20, 2012 2:08 AM

    This was a great move for Carolina…After losing Shocky, Tolbert will be able to more than makeup for the loss of receiving production and he is a much better blocker and is capable of putting up 150 yards of offense in a game! Do any other Panthers do that now? NO! Go ahead, trade Stewart…After the Williams-Johnson contract there is no way to keep him next season….well, we could waive D-Lo ….

  24. lance19 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:24 AM

    This is just a weird decision all the way around.

    Tolbert must’ve REALLY wanted to be in the South: he was beloved in San Diego, who made him a star, up from undrafted FA…
    less money and probably less carries in Carolina is a really weird choice.
    Best of luck, though, Mike.

  25. tigerwoods11 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:38 AM

    This report is wrong based on other tweets from Acee: “@UTKevinAcee: Evidently, Chargers couldn’t compete with cost of living In Raliegh. Agent says M. Tolbert took $1 mil less over 4 years. Gas & taxes alone.” and “@UTKevinAcee: Mike Tolbert got $2.7 million guaranteed from Panthers. The $8.4 million total possible value was abt $1 million less than Chargers offered.” Go Bolts!!

  26. txtuff says: Mar 20, 2012 2:43 AM

    I’ve heard of homesick but damn, taking less money, a lesser roll, on a possibly a lesser team! Does not seen like a smart move.

  27. paulnoga says: Mar 20, 2012 3:46 AM

    Tolbert was descent, but has a fumbling problem. Also, his homesickness can’t add to his NFL future. Once a player would rather be at home instead of practice, it’s over.

  28. mnjoemama says: Mar 20, 2012 4:29 AM

    Look on the bright side san diego you could be the vikings! micheal jenkins is our only wideout. :-)barkley nation.

  29. cowboysfaninpatriotsland says: Mar 20, 2012 5:29 AM

    Maybe the Chargers will figure out they kept A.J. Smith one year too long once he ships Rivers off to another team…

  30. chiktikka says: Mar 20, 2012 5:42 AM

    All of Carolina’s signings this offseason have been Special Teams oriented. Nakamura (S), Onatolu (LB), and Tolbert are all ST aces. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them draft a PR/KR relatively high to try to shore up an area that was horribly lacking for them.

  31. defconluke says: Mar 20, 2012 6:33 AM

    Great fantasy news for Ryan Matthews.

  32. contract says: Mar 20, 2012 6:44 AM

    Stewart will be traded. The Panthers are just trying to preserve his trade value by acting disinterested.

  33. cuda1234 says: Mar 20, 2012 7:27 AM

    Broncos need a rb, Panthers need a backup qb. Trade J-Stew or D-Will for Tebow who played with Cam at UF.

  34. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Mar 20, 2012 7:39 AM

    Not every football player is stupid with their money. After a couple million career earnings, these players should be set for life if they live within reasonable budgets. Tolbert can save his legs in Carolina, be closer to his home, and still have PLENTY of money to live on.

  35. sj39 says: Mar 20, 2012 7:53 AM

    Wow, Bolts fans are more insecure and sensitive than Pats fans. Just admit the team is dysfunctional from the top down and move on already.

  36. jgedgar70 says: Mar 20, 2012 8:44 AM

    cuda1234 says:
    Mar 20, 2012 7:27 AM
    Broncos need a rb, Panthers need a backup qb. Trade J-Stew or D-Will for Tebow who played with Cam at UF.

    Not only no, but Hell No.

    For one, we have out backup QB – Derek Anderson, who excelled under Rob Chudzinski, our O-coordinator. And as goofy and unorthodox as Tebow is, he has earned the right to attempt to be a starting QB somewhere.

    For another, the Panthers may be just waiting to cash in. If you say you’re keeping all your RBs when you have too many of them, you can just wait for some team to lose their top RB to an ACL tear in the preseason, then let them come to you in desparation and give you the farm for one of your extras.

    Also, chiktikka is right about us going for FAs that can play special teams. Watching our special teams last year was downright nausiating, perhaps even worse than our awful defense. Tolbert will be on the field plenty even if we keep both the RBs.

    One other thought: This might be Carolina’s way of sending the message to Cam to stay the hell out of the middle of the line. He runs up the middle and dives head-first so much that everyone is worried about him getting a concussion. Having a battering ram like Tolbert gives them another option for the goal line and short yardage – as well as another passing option – that Cam could stop taking some of those risks.

  37. mryoung17 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:01 AM

    This makes no sense to me from a player stand point or a team stand point.

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