With the complete coaching staff not yet now in place in Tampa Bay, a report surfaced this afternoon that the Buccaneers could be targeting potential free agent running back Mike Tolbert. The Tampa Tribune suggests that the San Diego Chargers running back is on the team’s radar.
Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune suggests that the lack of an actual third-down back on the current Buccaneers roster could lead to the team signing Mike Tolbert in the offseason. Tampa Bay will enter the 2012 regular season with LeGarrette Blount still on the roster , however Blount struggled this season with ball control issues, fumbling five times as well as not being able to become a full-time third-down back for the Buccaneers.
Tolbert, 26, is of similar stature of Blount but is much more adroit at catching the ball out of the backfield. Blount recorded just 15 receptions this season for 148 yards while Tolbert logged 54 receptions for 433 yards and two scores through the air. Combined for the season, the 245 pound Tolbert accounted for nearly 1,000 total yards of offense and ten touchdowns for the Chargers.
Tampa Bay’s offense is deplete of playmakers, and the addition of Mike Tolbert in a vacant backfield roster would be an incredible upgrade. Let the Buccaneers open up their wallets and bring him in.