Friday, March 16, 2012

Running Back Mike Tolbert May End Up With The Steelers

I blogged a few days ago that Mike Tolbert, free agent running back with the San Diego Chargers, did an interview where he mentioned the Pittsburgh Steelers as a desired possible destination. I was plain at the time that I didn't expect it to happen.

I may have been wrong.

U-T San Diego columnist Kevin Acee reported via his Twitter account that Mike Tolbert could end up in either Pittsburgh or Carolina.

He posted this to his account: “Mike Tolbert expected to land in Pittsburgh or Carolina ... I'm told this isn't like Malcom Floyd, who returned last yr after deal was dead.”

Later Acee, @UTKevinAcee on Twitter, tweeted: "I think Pittsburgh is the leader for Tolbert, but how perfect would Carolina be? He'd join Turner, Brees, Sproles, Jackson in NFC South.”

It's well known that the Steelers feature running back, Rashard Mendenhall, will start training camp and presumably the season on the PUP list. Mendenhall could be on the shelf anywhere from week 7, once he's off of the PUP list, to as late as week 13 because of how the rules read for such players.

Pittsburgh could be concerned over whether he'll come back as strong and as dynamic of a runner as before. They also could simply be cover themselves for any eventuality.

The Steelers would potentially have gone into training camp with six or seven running backs. If, that is, you include unrestricted free agent Mewelde Moore. Regardless, this is worth watching.

For more from this developing story and Kevin Acee: