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hawaiiansteel
03-17-2012, 02:11 AM
Chargers not expected to re-sign Tolbert, who may head to Steelers

Posted by Evan Silva on March 16, 2012


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Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diegoreports that free agent running back Mike Tolbert (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5009/mike-tolbert) and the Chargers “seem ready to separate (http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/mar/16/chargers-tolbert-expected-separate/)” after intense contract negotiations this week that ultimately went nowhere.

Tolbert is asking for more money than the Chargers offered, and he is scheduled to visit an undisclosed team on Saturday morning.

San Diego has been in contact with another free agent running back, Jackie Battle (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4291/jackie-battle), who would be a significant downgrade (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/15/chargers-in-contract-talks-to-keep-mike-tolbert/) from Tolbert.

On Twitter, Acee indicated that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers have interest (https://twitter.com/#!/UTKevinAcee/status/180841098426597376) in Tolbert.

Acee believes Pittsburgh is the favorite (https://twitter.com/#!/UTKevinAcee/status/180846182472499200) to sign him.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/16/chargers-not-expected-to-re-sign-tolbert-who-may-head-to-steelers/

steelblood
03-17-2012, 07:38 AM
San Diego won't pay him what he wants. What makes his agent think that we will? Seems like some posturing.

steelz09
03-17-2012, 07:58 AM
Tolbert and Redman seem very similar to me which is why this is a bit odd. Add in that Pittsburgh would pay him but SD won't is even more strange.

With that being said, I'd love to see Tolbert in the B&G since we both when to Coastal Carolina during the same years.

Sugar
03-17-2012, 09:22 AM
I guess I'm with everybody else here. While I'd love to have him, I don't know how we would pay him if SD can't.

pfelix73
03-17-2012, 11:30 AM
A Chanticleer? Cool, but I prefer my Pirates..... Argh...

:)

RuthlessBurgher
03-17-2012, 11:43 AM
Tolbert and Redman seem very similar to me which is why this is a bit odd. Add in that Pittsburgh would pay him but SD won't is even more strange.

With that being said, I'd love to see Tolbert in the B&G since we both when to Coastal Carolina during the same years.

I don't see Tolbert being very similar to Redman. He's 3 inches shorter (5'9" vs. 6'0") and 13 lbs. heavier (243 vs. 230). He is also much better at catching passes out of the backfield (Tolbert's catch totals for his 4 seasons in the league: 54, 25, 17, 13...Redman's catch totals for his 3 seasons in the league: 18, 9, 0). With his short, stout body type, he looks like a bowling ball out there, but he's actually a pretty nifty runner for a guy with his beef. Neither guy is a speed demon by any means, but I think they would complement each other pretty well.

steelblood
03-17-2012, 12:52 PM
I don't see Tolbert being very similar to Redman. He's 3 inches shorter (5'9" vs. 6'0") and 13 lbs. heavier (243 vs. 230). He is also much better at catching passes out of the backfield (Tolbert's catch totals for his 4 seasons in the league: 54, 25, 17, 13...Redman's catch totals for his 3 seasons in the league: 18, 9, 0). With his short, stout body type, he looks like a bowling ball out there, but he's actually a pretty nifty runner for a guy with his beef. Neither guy is a speed demon by any means, but I think they would complement each other pretty well.

Ruthless,

Tolbert and Redman are similar backs in style of play. They are both hard charging interior runners that lack top end speed but fight for every yard and are successful in short yardage situations.

I don't think your conclusion that Tolbert is a superior receiver is necessarily valid. San Diego (under Norv) has always used RBs more successfully in the passing game than the Steelers under Arians. Tolbert is certainly a more accomplished receiver and may very well be better than Redman. But, it may also be scheme related. Also, don't forget that team personnel have always considered Mendenhall a good receiver and natural pass catcher. Yet, he has been seriously underutilized as a receiver.

BradshawsHairdresser
03-17-2012, 02:00 PM
With Redman, Barron Batch, Dwyer and Clay, I really don't see the Steelers needing to spend valuable cap space on a free agent RB. Pick up a cheaper RB for depth in the lower rounds of the draft.

Jooser
03-17-2012, 02:37 PM
Mike Tolbert to Steelers is “not happening”


Posted by Evan Silva on March 17, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT
http://nbcprofootballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/mike-tolbert-pic2.jpg?w=144
AP
Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diego passed along word late Friday that free agent running back Mike Tolbert (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5009/mike-tolbert)was drawing interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers. The news from Acee came directly on the heels of his report that Tolbert and the Chargers were “ready to separate (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/16/chargers-not-expected-to-re-sign-tolbert-who-may-head-to-steelers/)” after an ultimately fruitless round of intense contract negotiations.
Acee may have been misled regarding the Steelers’ alleged interest.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote on Twitter Saturday afternoon that Tolbert has “no visit” lined up with the Steelers, and the deal is “not happening (https://twitter.com/#!/gerrydulac/statuses/181064240487075842).” Tolbert might have made sense for the Steelers due to Rashard Mendenhall (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4652/rashard-mendenhall)’s late-season ACL tear, but they apparently have no interest.

Acee also mentioned the Panthers as a potential destination for Tolbert, although Carolina has two effective running backs under contract (DeAngelo Williams (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/3611/deangelo-williams),Jonathan Stewart (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4650/jonathan-stewart)), and a capable third-stringer in Mike Goodson (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5281/mike-goodson).
It’s easy to connect dots between the Panthers and Tolbert because Carolina’s coaching staff has ties to Tolbert in former Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, now Panthers head coach, and former Chargers tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski, who now coordinates Carolina’s offense. But due to their depth at the position, we suspect the Panthers aren’t all that interested in Tolbert, either.

Tolbert is a valuable role player and will be playing football during the upcoming season, but his market isn’t very hot right now.


Not happening folks....

steelz09
03-17-2012, 05:02 PM
So Dulac says it's not happening because Tolbert isn't visiting? Why would he need to visit? He's a proven back.

Jooser
03-17-2012, 06:50 PM
I suppose we'll see, but I'll be surprised if we sign any free agent who wasn't on our roster last season.... but, I've been surprised before.