Contract says Tolbert's a fullback

Here’s a little more evidence that the Carolina Panthers really are planning on using Mike Tolbert at fullback.

They’re paying him like a fullback, not a tailback. I just got full contract details on the deal Tolbert signed Monday and it’s pretty obvious he’s getting paid more like a fullback, who probably also will play some H-back, than a tailback.

Tolbert got a four-year deal worth $10 million. That’s an average of $2.5 million per year. That’s classic fullback money. I just looked back at fullback salaries from 2011. Only six fullbacks averaged more per season than Tolbert will average in this deal. Top tailbacks make much more than that and some backups are well over $2.5 million.

Here’s the breakdown on Tolbert’s deal. He got a $2 million signing bonus and will make $700,000 in base salary this year. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus for taking part in the team’s offseason workout program.

In 2013, Tolbert’s scheduled to receive a $1.5 million option bonus, a $1 million base salary and a $25,000 workout bonus. In 2014, his base salary rises to $2.3 million. In 2015, it rises to $2.4 million. Tolbert also has a $25,000 workout bonus in each of the final two seasons of the deal.