Originally written on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 8/12/12
When the Panthers signed Mike Tolbert this offseason, it was a head scratching move for both parties. Tolbert has rushed for 1225 yards and 17 touchdowns on 303 carries in the last 2 seasons, along with another 79 catches for 649 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has the talent to be part of a running back tandem somewhere in the league. Meanwhile, the Panthers already had two talented backs in Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams. However, Tolbert reportedly wanted to go to Carolina, play for his hometown team, and raise his children in the Carolina area, even taking less money and touches to play there. At 8.4 million over 4 years, he was too good to pass on for the Panthers, even if they didn’t have an obvious role for his talents. After he signed, there was a lot of speculation that the Panthers could trade either the overpaid DeAngelo Williams or Jonathan Stewart, who was in a contract year. The Panthers didn’t do that; instead they extended Stewart, and it was announced that Mike T...
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