Panthers release Mike Tolbert

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The Panthers have released veteran fullback Mike Tolbert.

Tolbert, 31, was named to his third Pro Bowl last season. He spent the last five seasons with the Panthers.

“I feel very fortunate to have coached Mike for nearly his entire career,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said in the team’s announcement of the move. “He was someone we targeted in 2012 because we felt he would be a good addition to our offense and he was very productive for us. He brought great energy and leadership to our locker room and I wish him the best.”

The Panthers signed Tolbert to a two-year deal last March, just before the start of free agency. In his five seasons with the Panthers he had 13 rushing touchdowns and six receiving touchdowns, but his role in the offense shrunk significantly last season as he had just 35 carries and caught 10 passes.

Tolbert played his first four seasons with the Chargers, where Rivera had been the defensive coordinator before becoming head coach of the Panthers in 2011. He’s scored 45 total touchdowns in his nine-year career.

25 responses to “Panthers release Mike Tolbert

  1. So “I coached Mike nearly all his career” Rivera coached offensive fullback Tolbert in San Diego whilst Rivera was DC there? I can see why they struggled.

  2. Lots of teams would make sense there. Eagles could use a FB, another RB to take a few carries, good out of the backfield. Help with short yardage.

  3. Seems like a quality guy. I hope he’s prepared financially for life after football. He may get picked up but more likely than not he’s got less than a year of NFL paychecks ahead of him.

  4. Meanwhile, as his teammates are busy in off season conditioning and upcoming OTAs, Camera is scouring high end Euro fashion shops, diligently putting together his post game clothing ensembles for the upcoming season. Said Camera: “It ain’t all about winning man, it’s also about styling and profiling and looking fly!” LEADER!

  5. I don’t know. If you could amass a team of all star fullbacks and have them run for 3.4 yards a carry every play — behind an all star o lone of course — you can theoretically be unstoppable.

  6. wib22 says:
    Feb 21, 2017 2:15 PM
    Fullbacks … the dinosaurs of the NFL.


    Cost the packers a title this year.

    Actually, lack of offensive talent other than Rodgers/Nelson and having a garbage defense cost the Packers a title this year.

  7. Fullbacks … the dinosaurs of the NFL.


    Cost the packers a title this year.

    I never saw one fullback play corner this whole year.

  8. nhpats says:
    “Cam should have jumped on that fumble….”
    But if he had, the way his legs were… It could have been contorted in a way.

  9. Nooooooooo ! Great fullback and a great guy! Oh well, he can go to a run-first team like the Bills. Wonder if the coach knows much about him.

  10. ib22 says:
    Feb 21, 2017 2:15 PM
    Fullbacks … the dinosaurs of the NFL.


    Cost the packers a title this year.

    Meh, they still will have been blown out. They were not a good team or at least not championship material.

  11. I still remember Mike’s entry into the league.
    Most Charger fans were:
    “Who the hell is this guy?”

    But he played hard and played well, and you couldn’t help but root for the guy.

    I have a soft spot for undrafted guys…
    always love to see them prove that most of
    the draft “experts” are just blowing smoke…

  12. Hey Dancing bear…. you are a class act, a great player and a better person…… thank you for taking time to talk to your fans… wish you nothing but luck in what ever you do

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