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Report: Carolina Panthers and Mike Tolbert Discussing Contract Extension

According to NFL Network's Rand Getlin, the Carolina Panthers and fullback Mike Tolbert are discussing a contract extension ahead of free agency this week.

The Carolina Panthers faced a tough dilemma on whether or not they would try and keep fullback Mike Tolbert. He is getting up there in age, he will be 31 at the end of next season, but is coming off a bounce back season. After failing to cross the goal line for the first time in his career in 2014, he finished with four touchdowns this past year (one rushing, three receiving). However, as NFL Network's Rand Getlin reported, the question may not be too tough and the team appears ready to bring back the free agent fullback.

While the nine-year veteran may not be a big name, he helps make this offense much more dynamic because he can block, he carries the ball well and also has proven to be an excellent receiver out of the backfield. He is a tough player to replace because of everything he is able to do.

Tolbert joined the Panthers in 2012, signing a four-year, $10 million contract and has been well worth the money. He has made two Pro Bowls as a Panther (2013, 2015) as well as two All-Pro teams in the same seasons. 

While the Panthers are always looking to get younger, Tolbert showed last year that he still has plenty left in the tank, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. This number almost doubled from the down season in 2014. This is one deal that appears both sides want to get done.

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