The Kansas City Chiefs last week signed RB Peyton Hillis but hosted free agent RB Mike Tolbert on a visit the following day. Some were wondering if the Chiefs could still have legitimate interest in Tolbert after the Hillis signing.
Maybe they did but we'll probably never really know. Tolbert, according to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, just agreed to a four-year contract with the Carolina Panthers. o word yet on the money but the Panthers just signed RB DeAngelo Williams to a $43 million last July, and have RB Jonathan Stewart under contract for one more season.
(I'd be so angry at my team if they invested like $70 million into running backs.)
The Hillis deal is for just one year so you're probably getting a guy who will be extra motivated to play well and earn that big free agent contract (elsewhere) next season. With the longterm deal for Tolbert, you always risk a player becoming complacent after signing a big contract.
I think Tolbert is the better player but I can't complain a whole lot about the Hillis signing considering the terms.