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Panthers release Mike Tolbert

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers have released veteran fullback Mike Tolbert.

Tolbert, who spent the last five years in Carolina, was in the last year of his contract, according to

The 31-year-old fullback began his career in San Diego, playing with the Chargers from 2008 through 2011. When he came to Carolina in 2012, his career took off.

Making quite the impression on Panthers fans, Tolbert made three Pro Bowl appearances in 2013, 2015 and 2016,

“I feel very fortunate to have coached Mike for nearly his entire career,” said head coach Ron Rivera. “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.

In a Carolina uniform, he accrued 992 rushing yards, 771 receiving yards and 19 total touchdowns. For his career, he had 2,402 rushing yards, 1,783 receiving yards and 45 total touchdowns.

After news broke, Panthers fans took to social media with their reactions: