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Panthers cut FB Mike Tolbert, DT Paul Soliai

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The Carolina Panthers cut ties with two veterans today.

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Well, that was a bit shocking.

The Panthers announced today that they will cut ties with former Pro Bowl full back Mike Tolbert and veteran tackle Paul Soliai. Not overly surprising seeing Soliai cut, as many saw him as a potential cap casualty after he barely played for the Panthers in 2016. Mike Tolbert is a little more interesting, considering he was still considered the number one full back for Carolina.

This tells us two things, the first being that the Panthers could foresee retaining Kawann Short and therefore Vernon Butler would be valuable depth. This means that the Panthers will also continue their search for a pure nose tackle, something they haven't had since Colin Cole. The second telling idea from these moves is that the Panthers finally saw what many fans were ranting about last season: Mike Tolbert just doesn't have it anymore. Now former Redskins FB Darrel Young will get a shot at being a starter again and Devon Johnson will see some valuable reps for the team to evaluate what they have. Don't be surprised though if the team brings in another veteran running back, specifically a power back, for a look as well.

What are your thoughts, Panthers fans?