Giants Sign Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart to Two-Year Deal

Annette Crawford
March 14, 2018

The Giants have agreed to a contract with veteran running back Jonathan Stewart, who was released by the Carolina Panthers after 10 seasons.

Carolina selected Stewart with the No. 13 overall pick in 2008 out of OR, and he became the Panthers' all-time rushing leader with 7,318 rushing yards in his career.

Stewart rushed for a career-high 1,133 yards in 2009, when he teamed with DeAngelo Williams (1,117) to become the first set of teammates in National Football League history to each rush for more than 1,100 yards. He became Carolina's all-time leading rusher in 2017 after surpassing DeAngelo William's previous record in October.

Reuniting with GM Dave Gettleman as well as offensive coordinator Mike Shula was part of the appeal for Jonathan Stewart
Reuniting with GM Dave Gettleman as well as offensive coordinator Mike Shula was part of the appeal for Jonathan Stewart

Stewart will reunite with former Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman, who was recently hired to the same position with the Giants. Orleans Darkwa, who led the Giants in rushing last season, is a free agent. In 2011, he set Panthers records for catches (47) and receiving yards (413) in a season by a running back. The Giants were smart to pursue a player of Norwell's caliber and age (26), because he'd help them immediately and also be there to help once their rebuild is complete. His one-yard run accounted for the Panthers' only touchdown in their 24-10 Super Bowl 50 loss to the Denver Broncos. He finished the season with 680 rushing yards on 198 carries (3.4 #Yards Per Carry).

Vintage Stewart showed up that week as he rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns. Unlike Stewart, he was a threat in the passing game with 34 receptions for 193 yards and a touchdown.

The Panthers drafted Stewart in the first round in 2008. He ended the year with just 90 rushing yards on 41 carries (2.2 yards per carry).


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