Panthers Release 3-Time Pro Bowl FB Tolbert – The Carolina Panthers on Tuesday released three-time Pro Bowl fullback Mike Tolbert, clearing $1,725,000 in salary cap space. The team also plans to release 2011 Pro Bowl defensive tackle Paul Soliai, his agent announced on Twitter. Tolbert, 31, last offseason signed a two-year, $3.3 million deal with $700,000 guaranteed. Statistically he had one of his worst seasons, rushing 35 times for 114 yards and no touchdowns and catching 10 passes for 72 yards and one touchdown. Tolbert came to Carolina from San Diego in 2012. He made the Pro Bowl in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Ex-Giant OL Schwartz Announces Retirement – Former New York Giants offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz announced his retirement Tuesday in a letter published on SB Nation. Schwartz, 30, signed with the Detroit Lions in free agency only to be released by the team before the start of last season. He played left guard, right guard and right tackle during his time with the Giants, who released him in February 2016 with two years left on his deal and $500,000 of his 2016 salary already guaranteed.
Lions Hire Ex-Texan OC As Defensive Assistant – Former Houston Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey is back in the NFL and moving to the defensive side of the ball. Godsey was hired Tuesday by the Detroit Lions as a defensive assistant in charge of special projects, a nebulous title that was also used by Detroit in 2016 when it had Randy Edsall serving as the assistant in charge of special projects. Edsall left in December to return to UConn for his second stint as the Huskies’ head coach.