I’m a big Mike Tolbert fan. He’s a bowling ball type at 5’9, 243 with wheels, that puts his head down and just goes, especially in short yardage. He has 21 TD’s over the past two years, he caught 54 passes in 2011, and he’s only 26 years old with low mileage (just 341 career carries). He’s just a very useful player that can do a number of things well, and would be an instant upgrade over Brandon Jacobs. Check out this speed for a big guy at the 0:50 and 1:21 marks:
Yesterday, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN NY noted that Tolbert had his eye on the Giants in free agency, as Tolbert delivered the following quotes on Sirius XM with Adam Schein:
“They’ve got a dynamic quarterback that puts the ball all over the field,” Tolbert said on SirusXM NFL radio when asked by host Adam Schein what he thinks about the Giants. “He checks the ball down a lot to his running backs, which is something that I think I do very well is catching the ball out of the backfield. And then they had that 1-2 punch with Bradshaw and Jacobs and without Jacobs there that kind of leaves a hole in the offense.”
“I would love to go up there and learn from those guys that have been to two Super Bowls and won two Super Bowls, like Eli [Manning] and [David] Diehl, Justin Tuck. Those guys that have been there and done that and have that experience. That way we can get back to it.”
Tolbert, however, also discussed the Bucs, Steelers, Broncos, Chiefs, Falcons, Dolphins, and Packers. I suspect Tolbert is going to get paid, maybe something similar to the 3 year, $11 million deal Leonard Weaver signed with Philly in 2010. The Giants are right up against the cap, and have much bigger holes along the OL, so I’m highly doubtful they’ll put a significant chunk of their available resources toward a running back to pair with Ahmad Bradshaw, intriguing as he may be.
In fact, I think he actually makes a lot of sense for both the Eagles and Redskins. The Eagles have some room to work with, as do the Redskins (I think?).