The New York Giants have made their first move of 2018 Free Agency, signing former Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart. The Giants officially announced the move Tuesday evening, as Stewart was free to sign before the official beginning of free agency since he had been cut by Carolina.
“I am very pleased that we were able to make Jonathan a New York Football Giant,” said Giants’ GM Dave Gettleman. “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.”
NFL insider Ian Rapaport is reporting the deal to be for two years with a $6.9 million base salary, $2.95 million in guarantees and a max value of $8.4 million.
Stewart is familiar to both Gettleman and OC Mike Shula, and at 235 pounds brings a size that neither Wayne Gallman nor Paul Perkins can match. However, the move is curious to say the least. Stewart will be 31 years old by the end of March and doesn’t catch the ball (just 8 receptions in each of the last two seasons), which Pat Shurmur listed as a talent receivers must have to play in his offense.
Also, Stewart has declined in each of the last 4 years, from averaging 4.6 yards per carry in 2014 to just 3.4 in 2017.
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