The dancing bear is back. Fullback Mike Tolbert re-signed with the Carolina Panthers on the first day of the 2016 free-agency period. Tolbert and the Panthers had been working on a deal for over a week, but had been said to had been far apart in terms of money, however the two sides came to an agreement, allowing the Panthers to keep a very important part of their running and short yardage game.
Tolbert rushed for 256 yards and one touchdown for the Panthers in 2015, while adding 154 yards receiving and three touchdowns out of the backfield. Tolbert, Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton form a powerful backfield for the Panthers, who have rushed for over 100 yards in 30+ games. With the Panthers since 2012, Tolbert has totaled 878 yards on the ground with 13 rushing touchdowns, and he's caught 84 passes for 699 yards and five touchdowns.