New York Giants sign running back Jonathan Stewart

New York Giants sign running back Jonathan Stewart

The #New York Giants have agreed to a deal with running back Jonathan Stewart [VIDEO].

Stewart, the Panthers' leading rusher with 7,318 career yards, recently said he could still be a productive back.

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. "He is a quality runner with power and speed and brings a veteran, professional presence to our locker room". He and DeAngelo Williams each broke the 1,000-yard rushing barrier in 2009, and the Panthers haven't done it since - the longest active drought by a team in the National Football League, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

The 5-10, 240-pound Stewart was a 2015 Pro Bowler. The Giants were smart to pursue a player of Norwell's caliber and age (26), because he'd help them immediately and also be there to help once their rebuild is complete. His playoff totals include 101 carries for 474 yards and five touchdowns, plus nine catches for 49 yards.

In 2017, Stewart played in 15 games with 10 starts. He finished with just eight catches (one for a touchdown) and 52 receiving yards.

Stewart, who turns 31 later this month, visited the Seattle Seahawks last Thursday and the Detroit Lions on Monday. Four weeks later, he rushed for 103 yards, including a season-long 60-yard touchdown, in a victory against eventual NFC finalist Minnesota. He has a 5.9-yard per-carry average in three games vs. the Giants. Plus, there are a whole host of promising running back prospects in this year's draft like, say, Saquon Barkley, who the Giants could take at No. 2 overall.

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