Running back Jonathan Stewart is coming back to the National Football League for his 11th season, and he will reportedly play for the New York Giants after spending the first 10 years of his career with the Carolina Panthers.
Stewart will be reunited with general manager David Gettleman and offensive coordinator Mike Shula in NY. Under Shula's watch, Stewart tallied 3,482 yards over five seasons, including 989 yards, second highest in his career, in 2015, when the Panthers went 15-1 en route to an NFC Championship. He finished the season with 680 rushing yards on 198 carries (3.4 #Yards Per Carry).
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.
Now that he's reuniting with Gettleman in NY, he'll have a chance to add to those totals.
According to ESPN, Carolina's all-time leading rusher is expected to sign with the New York Giants. Including a year ago though, Stewart averaged less than four yards per carry in three of the five seasons he was running with Shula as the offensive coordinator.
Stewart joins a backfield that includes 2017 fourth round pick Wayne Gallman and 2016 fifth round pick Paul Perkins. Rebuilding teams shouldn't be signing 30-year-old running backs. He ended the year with just 90 rushing yards on 41 carries (2.2 yards per carry). In 2011, he set Panthers records for catches (47) and receiving yards (413) in a season by a running back.