Panthers release RB Jonathan Stewart after 10 seasons


The Carolina Panthers announced that veteran running back Jonathan Stewart was released by the team Wednesday.

Stewart has spent his entire 10-year National Football League career with the Panthers, who drafted him 13 overall in 2008. And even though the running back position isn't a top priority since Todd Gurley is coming off his best season in which he finished second to Tom Brady in the MVP voting, the one player who has all of a sudden become available that may be worth considering is Jonathan Stewart. According to beat writer Jourdan Rodrique, the Panthers have released their long-time running back. Stewart also had one receiving score in 15 appearances and started 10 games this season. It's part of a salary purge in Carolina that has also resulted in the Panthers releasing safety Kurt Coleman and defensive end Charles Johnson.

Stewart carried a $5.2 million cap hit this year, and the Panthers were projected to have just over $20 million in cap to work with in 2018.

"Jonathan played the game the way you want", head coach Ron Rivera said in a statement to the team website. Stewart's 58 career touchdowns are No. 2 in Panthers history.

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"He is a great pro, and I appreciate who he is as a young man and thank him for the contribution he made". No NFL team got less production from its backs in 2017 than the Seahawks did from theirs.

Plus, at this stage in his career, there's a good chance Stewart will hope to be joining a team with a legitimate shot at competing for the Super Bowl, which describes Los Angeles perfectly.

At age 30, Stewart would be affordable on what would likely be a low-risk, short-term deal for a Seahawks team that is tight against the salary cap.