Jonathan Stewart Expected to Sign with Giants After Panthers Release

The New York Giants reportedly intend to sign free-agent running back Jonathan Stewart. More

The New York Giants reportedly intend to sign free-agent running back Jonathan Stewart. More

Former Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will try to change that.

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. Last season was arguably the worst of his career, as he averaged a career-worst 3.4 yards per rush and collected only 680 yards on the ground. He departs Carolina as it's all-time leading rusher, tallying 7,318 yards over 10 seasons. Stewart ran for a season-high 110 yards on 17 carries against Miami on November 13. He also finished with 1,295 receiving yards and 58 total touchdowns during his tenure.

Vintage Stewart showed up that week as he rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns.

However, he was inconsistent at best in 2017, and Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer even called for his benching in November after a particularly rough stretch when he failed to run for 50 yards in seven of eight games and even tallied minus-four rushing yards against the Philadelphia Eagles. Including previous year though, Stewart averaged less than four yards per carry in three of the five seasons he was running with Shula as the offensive coordinator.

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. Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins are also on the roster. It is unclear whether the Giants will add anyone else to their backfield although there are some fans who would like the team to select Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick.