Free Agent Mike Tolbert Leaves KC; Chiefs 'In The Mix'

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Running back Mike Tolbert #35 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball past safety Sabby Piscitelli #42 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium on September 25, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 20-17. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday were hosting several free agents for visits including TE Kevin Boss, RT Eric Winston and RB Mike Tolbert. Boss ended up signing a three-year deal with the Chiefs and there's no update on Winston's visit.

Kent Babb of the KC Star updates us on Tolbert's visit, reporting that things went "very well". Babb writes via TWitter that Tolbert remains "very much in the mix" with the Chiefs but he did leave KC without a contract.

If things really went that well, Tolbert would have signed a deal before leaving town. Sounds like he's gonna have his pick of multiple teams who want to sign him.

The San Diego Chargers want to bring Tolbert back and he's had multiple suitors in free agency. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports none of those teams interested in Tolbert have "met his threshold for signing."


Related: Mike Tolbert has five suitors in free agency


The Chiefs recently signed RB Peyton Hillis so I don't think they have an immediate or even glaring need at running back but Tolbert is likely looking for a multi-year deal while Hillis is on a one-year contract.

Maybe that's why they're still interested in Tolbert but I don't really understand the interest in both of them. Why invest this much money and personnel into a position that will take the ball out of Jamaal Charles' hands? As a good rule, I don't want to do things that will limit the amount of times Charles touches the ball.

I'm not saying I'd be against Tolbert signing with the Chiefs. He's a good player and as another good rule (I have a lot of good rules) I like it when my team signs good players. I'm just trying to figure out the strategy of having all these guys in the backfield.

More Chiefs free agency news (and a list of all the Chiefs free agents here):

Chiefs sign Kevin Boss | Chiefs interested in Jerricho Cotchery | Peyton Hillis meets KC media | Chiefs visiting with a free agent OT | Latest updates on Chiefs free agents | RB help was a goal, GM Scott Pioli says | Chiefs sign Peyton Hillis approval poll | Eric Winston visiting Chiefs | Le'Ron McClain to the Chargers| Chiefs sign Peyton Hillis | John Carlson made it to KC, but didn't visit Chiefs | Jackie Battle has some interest in free agency | Brandon Carr to Dallas for $50.1 million | Kyle Orton signs with Cowboys | John Carlson signs with Vikings | Mike Tolbert has five teams interested | BenJarvus Green-Ellis has multiple suitors | No tender for Tyler Palko

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