Panthers Release Fullback Mike Tolbert

Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert (35) during warm ups prior to an NFL football game at Bank of America, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. The Vikings defeated the Panthers 22-10. (Perry Knotts via AP)

CHARLOTTE, NC– The Carolina Panthers have released fullback Mike Tolbert according to reports.

Tolbert, who has been with the Panthers for 5 seasons and has one season left on his contract, was let go Tuesday afternoon.

“I feel very fortunate to have coached Mike for nearly his entire career,” said head coach Ron Rivera, who coached Tolbert in San Diego from 2008-10 and in Carolina from 2012-16. “He was someone we targeted in 2012 because we felt he would be a good addition to our offense and he was very productive for us. He brought great energy and leadership to our locker room and I wish him the best.”

Tolbert’s totals with the Panthers include 992 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns to go along with 771 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions. He spent the first four years of his career with the San Diego Chargers before signing with Carolina as a free agent.

The Panthers now have two fullbacks on the roster: Darrel Young and Devon Johnson.