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Bills free agent Mike Tolbert could have interest in returning to Panthers

Running back Mike Tolbert is a free agent after one season with the Bills.

With the hiring of Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, speculation has begun that Tolbert could return to the Panthers. Tolbert spent five years with the Panthers after beginning his career with the Chargers when Turner was their head coach.

Tolbert lives in Charlotte in the offseason.

"(Panthers coach Ron Rivera) is one of my favorites," Tolbert told WFNZ on Friday. "And I'm in their the back yard right now. My body's feeling great. I've got two or three training camps left in me."

Tolbert, who was much maligned during the Bills season, also has expressed an affection for Buffalo.

"I have a lot of good football left in me so we’ll see what happens," he said Monday when the Bills cleaned out their lockers. "Obviously, I was on a one-year deal here. [My] contract is up. This is a place that my family has come to love and enjoy. I love the people, the players, the organization."

As for Turner, Tolbert said he sees big things for Cam Newton with Turner calling the plays. He also thanked Turner for giving him an opportunity as a young player.

"Love the hire," Tolbert told WFNZ. "He believed in me. I'm grateful for the opportunity he gave me. He's going to use his backs to run through and around the defense. He's as smart as they come in game-planning."

 

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