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Four years, $10 million for Tolbert

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As further proof of the softening of the market for veteran running backs, Mike Tolbert’s new deal in Carolina is worth a total value of $10 million over four years.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Tolbert gets a signing bonus of $2 million and a fully-guaranteed base salary of $700,000 in 2012.

The deal also provides for a $1.5 million option bonus and base salaries of $1 million, $2.3 million, and $2.4 million in 2013, 2014, and 2015, respectively.

That pushes the total to $9.9 million.  The final $100,000 comes from annual workout bonuses of $25,000.

At least the Panthers have realized what the rest of the league already knew.  Last year, Carolina gave DeAngelo Williams $20 million guaranteed — and he rushed for 836 yards in 16 games.

And while Tolbert supposedly could have made another million per year by staying in San Diego, he didn’t.  From Tolbert’s $2.5 million annual average and the one-year, $2.5 million contract signed by Peyton Hillis, it no longer pays as much as it used to to be an NFL running back.

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33 Responses to “Four years, $10 million for Tolbert”
  1. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Mar 20, 2012 9:36 PM

    Shows how much of a passing league it is now. #2 recievers making 3 times as much. Great, cheap, long term deal for the Panthers.

  2. snoqualmieterry says: Mar 20, 2012 9:37 PM

    Skittle guy, lynch of the Seahawks got a lot more. I dont know why running backs are getting paid less now.

  3. sdboltaction says: Mar 20, 2012 9:40 PM

    My son will have 4 options;

    1. QB
    2. WR
    3. DE
    4. Marry Kim Kardashian.

  4. raiderapologist says: Mar 20, 2012 9:43 PM

    The real story here is that Tolbert gave up millions just to get the hell out of San Diego.

  5. redwards29a says: Mar 20, 2012 9:46 PM

    > Skittle guy, lynch of the Seahawks got a lot more. I dont know why running backs are getting paid less now.

    Running backs are getting paid less because they’re worth less. The game is dominated by passing. Running backs are a dime a dozen.

  6. pantherstimes says: Mar 20, 2012 9:47 PM

    It will be good to have a “fullback” blocking in Carolina again. We have sorely missed Hoover the last couple of seasons – and it made a biiiig difference in the running game. Combine the human bowling ball with Jstew and Dwill and then add Gettis, Lafell, and Smith and then have CHudzinski drawing up the plays – watch out scoreboards!

  7. redwards29a says: Mar 20, 2012 9:48 PM

    > The real story here is that Tolbert gave up millions just to get the hell out of San Diego.

    Maybe. Tolbert is from the south and went to school at Coastal Carolina. It’s possible it was just worth a lot to him to be close to him.

    …or maybe he hates AJ Smith that much.

  8. redwards29a says: Mar 20, 2012 9:48 PM

    *home

  9. geauxmez says: Mar 20, 2012 9:49 PM

    man. he is going to be a good fit in carolina… its going to suck playing against him twice a year… unless my saints lock up a good run stuffer.

  10. mempusa says: Mar 20, 2012 9:56 PM

    Only the best of the best will be paid. These guys are average

  11. pilot2011 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:04 PM

    Seeing that Deangelo only got 8 carries a game, that’s not that bad of a season.

    Williams/Stewart/Newton all ran for 700+ yards this year.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:13 PM

    Says a lot about AJ Smith that he took less money to be even MORE of a backup elsewhere.

  13. bullethead527 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:14 PM

    raiderapologist says:
    Mar 20, 2012 9:43 PM
    The real story here is that Tolbert gave up millions just to get the hell out of San Diego.
    ——————————————————-

    To be honest they (SD) offered him 1 million more per year, but if you factor in California’s high as taxes, cost of living in SD (California) and a chance to play for your home state. He came on top.

    Why, cost of living in NC is way cheaper, Taxes are no where near as bad as Cali, and if you factor in all those, he will make more money in Carolina…..

  14. Tyler says: Mar 20, 2012 10:20 PM

    Wish the Steelers would have looked at Tolbert or Hillis.

  15. ningenito78 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:22 PM

    Raiderapologist- yeah man I was thinking the same thing. I’m shocked somebody would want out of SD THAT bad. Just on quality of life alone. But you’re right. There is a serious problem there the general media hasn’t picked up on yet. Besides, you know, AJ Smith being a pretentious douschebag.

  16. jbpanthers says: Mar 20, 2012 10:45 PM

    Players wanna work with Cammy-Cam.

  17. mediasloppy says: Mar 20, 2012 10:51 PM

    Wow. I thought he was worth a lot more that that. The dude is a TD stud catching and running.

  18. blurryvisi0n says: Mar 20, 2012 11:00 PM

    Jesus, I remember when Lamont Jordan (former Jets RB) got 25 million for 4 years and that was like in 2005. Granted Cam Newton is going to get most of the carries.

  19. xmgmx says: Mar 20, 2012 11:07 PM

    sdboltaction says:
    Mar 20, 2012 9:40 PM
    My son will have 4 options;

    1. QB
    2. WR
    3. DE
    4. Marry Kim Kardashian.

    THAT is freakin funny! :)

  20. glen1904 says: Mar 20, 2012 11:10 PM

    “mama’s dont let your babies grow up to be running backs” shortest careers and most of the work to end up with a permanent limp after 3yrs and making half of what a diva WR makes in one year. I dont know why a kid would play RB in collage?

  21. tropboi11 says: Mar 20, 2012 11:11 PM

    Wow a 4 headed monster

  22. meytonpanning says: Mar 21, 2012 12:00 AM

    glen1904 says:
    Mar 20, 2012 11:10 PM
    “mama’s dont let your babies grow up to be running backs” shortest careers and most of the work to end up with a permanent limp after 3yrs and making half of what a diva WR makes in one year. I dont know why a kid would play RB in collage?

    ____________________________________

    It’s spelled “college”. Maybe if you were educated you’d know that.

  23. zampft says: Mar 21, 2012 12:31 AM

    Running backs are becoming one step above punters and kickers. Sad, I miss the running game.

  24. jcdavey2011 says: Mar 21, 2012 12:52 AM

    with all of the new free agents sd signed, or old free agents they retained, this one is just a case of him wanting to go back home and save on taxes

  25. dobberdubinsky says: Mar 21, 2012 2:07 AM

    Sounds like a steal to me. If he can play FB and take some tough yard carries and catch a few passes a game he will be well worth the signing.

  26. mullman7675 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:33 AM

    I love the fact that Tolbert took less to leave SD and go home. Seau, Harrison, Brees, Tomlinson, Turner, Sproles and now Tolbert. All players the chargers either quit on, or ran out of town. The chargers are done.

  27. tatum064 says: Mar 21, 2012 6:20 AM

    glen1904 says:
    Mar 20, 2012 11:10 PM
    “mama’s dont let your babies grow up to be running backs” shortest careers and most of the work to end up with a permanent limp after 3yrs and making half of what a diva WR makes in one year. I dont know why a kid would play RB in collage?
    =====================

    Nah, defenses haven’t quite caught up, but when they do, the running game will return and the passing game will decline. If you really look, the pure pocket passers are declining, and the run-pass qb’s are resurging, well, other than Tebow.

    Manning could backfire very, very badly, because one hit, and a great passer can completely limit an offense. A run game, combined with a running QB, provided the defense is good, is made to win in Nov-Dec. The Niners really shouldve won it all, even with no passing game, because you control possessions.

    The running game will return..these things are cyclical.

  28. raiderinva says: Mar 21, 2012 6:39 AM

    “Are you Fu@$ing kidding me?” Michael Bush “I might just as well stay in Oakland?”

  29. jgedgar70 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:09 AM

    bullethead527 says:
    Mar 20, 2012 10:14 PM

    To be honest they (SD) offered him 1 million more per year, but if you factor in California’s high as taxes, cost of living in SD (California) and a chance to play for your home state. He came on top.

    Why, cost of living in NC is way cheaper, Taxes are no where near as bad as Cali, and if you factor in all those, he will make more money in Carolina…..

    ——————————————————-

    Technically, he’s from Georgia and Coastal Carolina is located in Myrtle Beach, SC. But there’s also the Cam factor. People want to play with him.

    I hated Tolbert last year, because I had Ryan Matthews on my fantasy team and Tolbert stole all his TDs. I’ll be looking forward to seeing him here. We only have 1 wide receiver that’s worth a crap, and we let one of our tight ends walk, so Tolbert is probably going to have a field day catching all of Cam’s checkdown throws.

    Hey geauxmez – I think the two 49-48 Saints-Panthers games each year will be fun, don’t you?

  30. boltdaddy says: Mar 21, 2012 7:34 AM

    The real story here is that Tolbert gave up millions just to get the hell out of San Diego.

    Yea that’s it he hates AJ for signing him as an UFA out of the football factory called Coastal Carolina. The only thing worse than a hater is an ignorant hater. Raiderapologist (that job alone must keep you very busy) you are both, your the daily double of bad.

  31. raiderapologist says: Mar 21, 2012 10:32 AM

    boltdaddy says: Mar 21, 2012 7:34 AM

    Yea that’s it he hates AJ for signing him as an UFA out of the football factory called Coastal Carolina. The only thing worse than a hater is an ignorant hater.

    I know where Tolbert went to school, and I didn’t mention Smith at all. I’m just taking a shot at the Chargers because it’s fun. Don’t be such a baby.

  32. bolted4life says: Mar 21, 2012 1:46 PM

    I love the fact that Tolbert took less to leave SD and go home. Seau, Harrison, Brees, Tomlinson, Turner, Sproles and now Tolbert. All players the chargers either quit on, or ran out of town. The chargers are done.

    ————————————————–
    -Seau injured and older

    -Harrison was injured

    -Brees offered 9 million a year he wanted a contract, with an career ending injury, Chargers were smart and passed.

    -Tomlinson? You are not very bright to not understand why we let him go, old and too expensive

    -Turner, yeah he’s the best RB in football right?

    -Sproles too expensive, passed

    -Tobert, the guy is average and has a fumbling problem, again he wanted a long term contract.

    It’s nice you know players names but you should really learn why they left San Diego.

  33. ibstr8chillin says: Mar 22, 2012 10:29 PM

    bolted4life—you do very well at disguising your anger over losing players!

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