The New York Giants might not have landed offensive lineman Andrew Norwell, but they have reached an agreement with another now former member of the Carolina Panthers.
The Giants have signed 31-year-old Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, who reunites Mike Shula, his offensive coordinator with the Panthers.
“I am very pleased that we were able to make Jonathan a New York Football Giant,” said general manager Dave Gettleman in a team-issued release announcing the signing. “He is a quality runner with power and speed and brings a veteran, professional presence to our locker room. He’s a terrific addition for us at this time.”
Stewart is the Panthers’ career rushing leader with 7,318 yards and 1,699 carries. His 51 rushing touchdowns rank second in team history to quarterback Cam Newton’s 54, and his 58 total scores are second to wide receiver Steve Smith’s 75.
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 NFL history to each rush for more than 1,100 yards.
Stewart has also caught 162 passes for 1,295 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2011, he set Panthers records for catches (47) and receiving yards (413) in a season by a running back.
The 5-10, 240-pound Stewart was a 2015 Pro Bowler.
Last season, Stewart, who has had various injuries in the latter part of his career, finished second on the Panthers in team rushing with 680 yards on 198 carries. His six rushing touchdowns tied Cam Newton for most on the team.
Stewart’s arrival likely means that Orleans Darkwa, who is an unrestricted free agent, will be moving on.