Giants Sign Running Back Jonathan Stewart

Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart expected to sign with New York Giants, ESPN reports

Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart expected to sign with New York Giants, ESPN reports

Stewart's 3.55 yards per touch were the fewest by a running back with at least 200 touches in a season since BenJarvus Green-Ellis (3.47) and Rashard Mendenhall (3.49) in 2013.

Stewart, who will turn 31 on March 21, will reunite with former Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula and general manager Dave Gettleman in NY.

"I'm definitely excited to go in there and share my wisdom as being a professional in this business and also learn, too, from the younger guys as well, " Stewart said. Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins are also on the roster. The deal is reportedly worth up to $8.4 million and includes $2.95 million in guarantees.

"I've got a lot left".

"I am very pleased that we were able to make Jonathan a New York Football Giant", general manager Dave Gettleman, who previously had the same job with Carolina, said in a statement. "I'm grateful for the owner (John Mara) taking a chance to me and the head coach and coaching staff trusting me". He is coming off one of his worst seasons statistically, despite playing behind an offensive line regarded by Panthers general manager Marty Hurney as one of the top five in the NFL. "Dave believes in me, and it's just good to know that the GM believes in what you can do on the field, and Mike Shula, there is a familiarity with the offense and the scheme, and I believe in what they're going to do moving forward with the draft".

Stewart's signing shouldn't take the Giants out of the running for Barkley or another rookie running back, but the decision is a puzzling one - and one that seems to signal that Gettleman believes the Giants can rebound from a disastrous 2017 season rather quickly.

The Panthers drafted Stewart in the first round in 2008.

Gettleman has set out to fix the locker room, hopeful to bring the kind of positive culture he had with the Panthers in 2015, which Stewart witnessed first-hand and sees the Giants headed that direction. "There is always room for growth and I'm excited to be apart of that running back group and I'm sure we have a lot to look forward to at the end of the day".

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