Mike Tolbert And The Bucs

February 8th, 2016
A different kind of weapon for Dirk Koetter

A different kind of weapon for Dirk Koetter

Scoring a wide receiver that can stay healthy and squeeze footballs is not the only way the Bucs can upgrade their offense when the free agency dinner bell rings next month.

It’s worth nothing that Dirk Koetter molded Pro Bowl fullback Patrick DiPompo in Atlanta, (hey, that’s what DiPompo told Joe), and the Bucs did use injured fullback Jorvorskie Lane quite a bit last year, until his gruesome foot injury.

So Joe sees a unique opportunity, with Panthers’ versatile stud fullback Mike Tolbert about to hit free agency. (Yes, Joe saw yesterday’s fumbles, but Tolbert hadn’t fumbled in the regular season since 2011.)

Tolbert is a two-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro (2013 and 2015), and the guy is a true do-it-all pounding force. He can catch the ball, block like a beast, and succeed in short yardage.

The Bucs haven’t had a guy like that since Earnest Graham was relegated to fullback duty.

Tolbert wouldn’t cost much. He earned a little over $3 million last year, and the Bucs certainly have a pile of available cash. He could be another savvy, influential upgrade for America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, and Joe is confident Koetter would know how to use him.


21 Responses to “Mike Tolbert And The Bucs”

  1. Cover deuce Says:

    Tolbert > Lane, and I really like Lane.

  2. Pick6 Says:

    would love to see tolbert as a buc. for buc fans like me whose pulse still picks up everytime i see a mike alstott highlight, this guy is the closest thing i see in the present day NFL

  3. Ray Rice Says:

    Hmmmmmmmmmm….. We’ll see.

  4. Howard Cosell Says:

    Sure hope J. Lane is coming back strong, he was a stud FB last year until the injury.

    Losing Lane hurt almost as bad as losing Vjax, you could see the run game suffer as soon as Lane went down.

  5. OneLove Says:

    Bring that BEEF to Tampa! Need all the help we can get!!

  6. blind melon Says:

    Get a guy in the draft.

  7. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    BEEF CAKE!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Howard Cosell Says:

    Lol, Eric Cartman

  9. SCBucsFan Says:

    @blind melon

    We got a fullback in the last draft and we cut him. Now New England’s probably going to mold him into the GOAT fullback.

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I have been posting for some time that we need more production out of our FB position…..Lane only carried once and caught 2 passes all year. Koetter didn’t use his FB for running or passing in Atlanta.
    I suspect Lane was capable of doing both but wasn’t part of the gameplan for some reason….I remember him scampering for about 60 yards in a game in early 2014….so he can do it.
    If it takes signing a player like Tolbert to get it done….I’m all for it.

  11. BucrazeDave Says:

    Tbbucfan-Absolutely right. lane had alot more to offer but was under used.

  12. Espo Says:

    I wonder if Jahri Evans being dropped was purely a money move. If so, I hope we pounce. Forget the last two Saints linemen we swung and missed on. 3rd times a charm.

  13. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    Riley cooper should be a good # 3 or 4 wr

  14. gotbbucs Says:

    The traditional FB position is dead in the NFL. I see zero reason to carry a blocking “full back” in this day and age. Tolbert might be listed as a full back, but he isn’t used as a block g back, he’s a change of pace back, and he catches the ball very well for a Brunswick bowling ball.
    I wanted him the last time he was on the market, I still wouldn’t mind having him now. Martin, Simms, and Brunswick Tolbert would be quite the three headed monster.

  15. Big Marlon B Says:

    @ Joe

    Who the F is Patrick DiPompo lol. It’s Patrick DiMarco

  16. buc4life1979 Says:

    What Cover Duece said

  17. bucnut2 Says:

    The Bucs already have this guy. His last name is Lane. Signing Tolbert would be a waste of salary cap.

  18. Biggun Says:

    Tolbert is a little smaller Bettis a bowling ball. CCU standout along with Josh Norman… as a matter of fact Josh brother Mario better than Josh he’s playing arena football… be nice to snag up Tolbert and Norman….

  19. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Don’t see him leaving Carolina. If he did, I would jump all over that. He literally does it all in the backfield. He is a beast and then some.

    Can’t wait for FA to start. Should be exciting what we do. Hope they get it right cause there is a ton of talent available in several different positions. A lot of them are positions that we need to fill.

    Just don’t overpay the contract year wonder Martin. I would rather have Ivory for less.

  20. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I really like tolbert also. But that stack of cash will dwindle very rabidly on e the dinner bell rings. 3-4million for a FB is way too much. Not when people are trying to squeeze Martin to only 5 mil per year.

  21. Another J Says:

    Tolbert has to be getting up there in age by now…
    This isn’t the same Tolbert that the Chargers let slip away a few years ago!