Panthers release Jonathan Stewart, franchise's all-time leading rusher

Mar 03, 2018, 00:14
Panthers release Jonathan Stewart, franchise's all-time leading rusher

They'll save over $3.7 million and just hold onto $1.5 million in dead money to move on from an aging Stewart and commit to McCaffrey as the new full-time starter.

Prior to the start of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, the Carolina Panthers released veteran running back Jonathan Stewart, which left the organization with a younger, less experienced backfield combination of Christian McCaffrey, Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne.

We ran a couple straight downhill plays with Jonathan and you could see everybody kind of pick up after that point. "He brought an element of toughness as a runner that set the tempo for our team", Panthers coach Ron Rivera said in a statement from the team. 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.

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The Panthers saved $3.7 million against their 2018 salary cap by cutting Stewart.

With Monday's release of veteran defensive end Charles Johnson and safety Kurt Coleman, general manager Marty Hurney has cleared just over $9.6 million in cap space in the past three days.

Stewart leaves Carolina as its career rushing leader with 7,318 yards. His 58 career touchdowns are second in Panthers history.

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His yards per carry ranked 32nd among the 34 running backs who had at least 150 carries last season, ahead of only Adrian Peterson and Ameer Abdullah, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

"We have a real formula for how we win". Remember Marshawn Lynch in Seattle? It was not for pretty much the last decade.

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