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Chargers not expected to re-sign Tolbert, who may head to Steelers

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 05: Running back Mike Tolbert #35 of the San Diego Chargers reacts after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 5, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diego reports that free agent running back Mike Tolbert and the Chargers “seem ready to separate” after intense contract negotiations this week that ultimately went nowhere.

Tolbert is asking for more money than the Chargers offered, and he is scheduled to visit an undisclosed team on Saturday morning. San Diego has been in contact with another free agent running back, Jackie Battle, who would be a significant downgrade from Tolbert.

On Twitter, Acee indicated that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers have interest in Tolbert.

Acee believes Pittsburgh is the favorite to sign him.