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Toldozer becomes Snowplow: Former Panthers FB Mike Tolbert to sign with Buffalo

Former Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert (35), released earlier this month, will sign with the Buffalo Bills, a source confirmed to The Observer.
Former Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert (35), released earlier this month, will sign with the Buffalo Bills, a source confirmed to The Observer. AP

The Carolina Panthers were erroneously linked to one free agent fullback Wednesday, then watched as their former fullback found work.

Both ended up with the same team – Sean McDermott’s Buffalo Bills.

Social media was abuzz Wednesday with news that former Atlanta Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco had signed with the Panthers. Except it wasn’t true.

In fact, the former South Carolina standout (and nephew of PGA regular Chris DiMarco) had not drawn any interest from the Panthers, who cut veteran fullback Mike Tolbert last month.

Instead, DiMarco had agreed to sign a four-year deal worth $8.5 million with Buffalo on Thursday’s opening of free agency, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

A short time later, the Bills landed former Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert on a one-year, $1 million deal, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Tolbert was a popular player during his time with Carolina, but responded with class when the team released him in February.

So don’t expect any “blood and guts” bulletin-board material when the Bills visit Carolina next season.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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