RB Jonathan Stewart expected to sign with Giants

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Gettleman, who was sacked in July 2017, gave Stewart a one-year contract extension several months before he was relieved of his job.

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.

The New York Giants have signed former Panthers Running back Jonathan Stewart, according to Adam Schefter.

Orleans Darkwa, the Giants' leading rusher in 2017, is a free agent, as is Shane Vereen. "He is a quality runner with power and speed and brings a veteran, professional presence to our locker room". Stewart, who turns 31 on March 21, was selected in the first round (13th overall) by the #Carolina Panthers in 2008 where he spent his first 10 seasons. He did score six rushing touchdowns, but three of them came in a single game, against the Vikings in December. He holds the Panthers' franchise records for career rushing yards (7,318) and carries (1,699).

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Stewart's signing shouldn't take the Giants out of the running for Barkley or another rookie running back, but the decision is a puzzling one - and one that seems to signal that Gettleman believes the Giants can rebound from a disastrous 2017 season rather quickly. But Stewart is an aging player who hasn't been productive in a few years. Stewart ran for a season-high 110 yards on 17 carries against Miami on November 13.

Stewart was the 13th overall selection in the 2008 National Football League draft after leaving the University of OR following his junior season.

On Dec. 27, 2009, Stewart compiled career-high totals of 28 carries and 206 yards and scored a touchdown in the Giants' final game in Giants Stadium.

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