The Buffalo Bills are well on their way to running the wishbone offense if they so choose.
The team announced Wednesday it has signed running back/fullback Mike Tolbert. He will join a backfield with fullback Patrick DiMarco, who is expected to sign with the team Thursday when the NFL's new league year begins. According to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, Tolbert is expected to play running back with the Bills, joining LeSean McCoy, Mike Gillislee and Jonathan Williams at the position.
Tolbert is going to be a running back in Buffalo. https://t.co/dpR8Bsu3zc
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) March 8, 2017
Tolbert, 31, is a 5-foot-9, 250-pound nine-year veteran who has spent the past five seasons in Carolina, where Bills coach Sean McDermott previously served as the Panthers' defensive coordinator. Tolbert was released Feb. 21 – which made him eligible to be signed Wednesday – after rushing 35 times for 114 yards and catching 10 passes for 72 yards and one touchdown in 2016. He has just one rushing touchdown in the past three seasons on 134 carries.
Tolbert is a two-time first-team All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection as a fullback, in 2013, '15 and '16. He has played in 131 career games with 44 starts, gaining 2,402 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns and catching 203 passes for 1,783 yards and 12 scores.