Free-agent running back Jonathan Stewart will visit with the New York Giants on Tuesday, according to reports.
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Stewart, who will celebrate his 31st birthday later this month (March 21), could be reunited with Giants offensive coordinator Mike Shula, who was his offensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers. If Stewart were to go to the Giants, he would also be reunited with general manager Dave Gettleman.
Stewart was drafted by the Panthers with the 13th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. He rushed for 680 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games in 2017. However, he averaged just 3.5 yards per carry, a career-low.
For his career, Stewart has carried the ball 1,699 times for 7,318 yards and 51 touchdowns, averaging 4.3 yards per carry.
Big Blue struggled to move the ball on the ground in 2017, rushing for just 1,549 yards, which ranked 26th in the NFL. The Giants haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2012 when Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 1,015 yards.
According to NFL.com’s Marc Sessler, Stewart visited with the Seattle Seahawks last week. The Seahawks might not have room for Stewart, though, as they have a lot of running backs on the roster already, including Chris Carson, C.J. Prosise, Mike Davis, Thomas Rawls, and J.D. McKissic.
Since Stewart was released by the Panthers last week he can sign with any team at any time. As of right now, it appears to be a battle between the Giants and the Lions. We’ll just have to wait and see if a Stewart, Shula, and Gettleman reunion is going to happen.