Jonathan Stewart to join Dave Gettleman's Giants

Giants turn focus toward Patriots mainstay after losing top target

For most of the day, the terms had been unknown, but they have since been made public.

In New York, Stewart will rejoin his former offensive coordinator with the Panthers, Mike Shula, who was just hired as the Giants' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

ESPN's Adam Schefter announced on Tuesday afternoon that the Giants will add veteran running back Jonathan Stewart to their backfield once free agency officially opens on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, a bit more clarity arrived when Gettleman chose to sign 30-year-old running back Jonathan Stewart, who will turn 31 later this month. Gettleman, who was sacked in July 2017, gave Stewart a one-year contract extension several months before he was relieved of his job.

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. Rebuilding teams shouldn't be signing 30-year-old running backs.


Really, this move doesn't really make any sort of sense, even if it's a relatively cheap deal.

In 2017, Stewart played in 15 games with 10 starts.

There's no doubt that the Giants need help at running back. Darkwa is an unrestricted free agent. At the very least, the Giants will utilize Stewart on first and second downs this season, but Wayne Gallman and potentially a 2018 draft pick will eat into his overall volume.

Despite some struggles last season, Stewart is still one of the best offensive players in Panthers history after consistently serving as the top running back option for the better part of a decade.

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