Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart to sign with Giants

Wednesday, 14 Mar, 2018

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

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 departs Carolina as it's all-time leading rusher, tallying 7,318 yards over 10 seasons.

The Panthers cut Stewart on February 28. He finished the season with 680 rushing yards on 198 carries (3.4 #Yards Per Carry). His best game of the season came in a week 14 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Four weeks later, he rushed for 103 yards, including a season-long 60-yard touchdown, in a victory against eventual NFC finalist Minnesota.

The Oregon product has been a steady and consistent force throughout his career with seven seasons of more than 700 rushing yards and is a powerful runner who serves as a reliable option inside the red zone and when Carolina needs a critical short-yardage pickup. He also finished with 1,295 receiving yards and 58 total touchdowns during his tenure.

They are, however, welcoming in a former Charlotte-dweller, one that will reunite him with his former offensive coordinator, Mike Shula.

Now that he's reuniting with Gettleman in NY, he'll have a chance to add to those totals.

According to a report by Adam Schefter at ESPN, Stewart is expected to sign with Dave Gettleman's new team when free agency opens tomorrow. Gallman finished his rookie year of 2017 with 476 rushing yards on 111 carries (4.3 yards per carry) but no touchdowns.

Beginning the year as the starting running back, Perkins had a very disappointing 2017. The Giants also own the No. 2 selection in the upcoming NFL Draft and have been rumored to be interested in Penn State running back and top prospect Saquon Barkley.