Mike Tolbert: Headed To Carolina

RotoWire.com Staff

Update: Tolbert and the Panthers agreed to a four-year deal Monday, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports.

Recommendation: It's certainly a questionable fit given that Carolina already has Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams. It's particularly questionable given that the Panthers just don't run the ball much (Stewart and Williams combined for just 297 carries last year) and Stewart broke out as a pass-catcher in 2011, pulling in 47 receptions. The Panthers evidently place a lot of value in the probable upgrade in pass protection that Tolbert provides, however. The team could try to trade Stewart in light of this, but it's not clear how they'll get a whole lot in a trade given that Stewart is a free agent after 2012 and the Panthers have little leverage with so much money invested at a position they hardly use in the first place -- although those concerns would be alleviated if several teams engaged in a bidding war for Stewart. Tolbert, in any case, should remain relevant in PPR leagues if the Panthers do trade Stewart, and it will also be interesting to see if he takes! up some of Cam Newton's workload as the team's goal-line runner.

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