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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Panthers have added more depth to their already deep stable of running backs.
The Panthers announced Monday they’ve signed free agent Mike Tolbert from the San Diego Chargers. Tolbert spent three seasons with Ron Rivera, who was the Chargers defensive coordinator before becoming the Panthers head coach.
“Mike is a very versatile player and is they type of player who do a lot of different things,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said. “He can jump in and play fullback, he catches the ball well out of the backfield and plays running back. He’s also an outstanding special teams player.”
However, he said Tolbert was so excited about joining Carolina that he left over $1 million on the table on an offer from San Diego.
Tolbert has spent all four of his seasons in the NFL with San Diego. He had 490 yards rushing and 433 yards receiving on 54 catches last season and scored 10 touchdowns while splitting time with Ryan Mathews. His best season came in 2010 when he led the Chargers with 735 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.
The question now is what this means for the rest of Carolina’s backfield.
Carolina already had one of the deepest and most talented backfields in the league with DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Goodson. All three are under contract for next season but one could be moved.
“Mike’s signing has does not mean we’re trying to trade DeAngelo or Jonathan,” Hurney said. “We’re making no attempts to trade either one of them. We’ve made no calls and will make no calls. We view DeAngelo and Jonathan as very valuable members of our team.”
The speedy Goodson has success at the end of John Fox’s regime in 2010 with three straight 100-yard games, but could be the odd man out. He struggled with fumbling last season and fell out of favor with Rivera and barely played at all as the season progressed.
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