Free agent RB Mike Tolbert has agreed to a four-year deal with the Carolina Panthers according to Jason LaCanfora on Twitter. The move to bring in Mike Tolbert for an interview has fueled speculation that the Carolina Panthers are going to place RB Jonathan Stewart on the trading block.Tolbert had been linked to the Kansas City Chiefs and even the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina is not the destination that many had speculated on.
Tolbert has rushed for 1,410 yards and 20 touchdowns in his four-year career, all with the San Diego Chargers. His best rushing season came in 2010, rushing for 735 yards and he emerged as the Chargers goal line specialist with 11 scores. Last season, Tolbert became a talented pass catcher out of the backfield, recording 54 receptions.
This move will likely move Jonathan Stewart right to the trading block. The Cleveland Browns could become a trade partner with the Carolina Panthers for Stewart. The Browns were rumored to be interested in trading with the Houston Texans last week for RB Ben Tate.
With QB Cam Newton under center and RB DeAngelo Williams also in the backfield, the Carolina Panthers will have a very formidable rushing attack in 2012 with the addition of Mike Tolbert.