Panthers Finally Part Ways With Jonathan Stewart

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It's been a long-time coming. Today, the Carolina Panthers released their franchise-leading rusher, Jonathan Stewart. The move freed 3.75 million dollars in cap space. Adding Stewart's release to that of yesterday's cutting of Charles Johnson and Kurt Coleman, the Panthers have added an extra 10 million dollars in cap space. 

Five years ago, when Marty Hurney was fired as GM, we all assumed that Stewart's time was limited. He had struggled with injuries and it was his contract, along with DeAngelo Williams's, that led to Hurney's firing in the first place. Stewart surprised us with a career renaissance and as he remained an effective starting back with the team through 2017. 

Rushing & Receiving Table
Games Rushing Receiving
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rush Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Ctch% YScm RRTD Fmb AV
200821CAR2816018483610414.552.311.5178475.90150.52.947.1%8831027
200922CARrb28163221113310675.170.813.826181397.71191.18.769.2%12721139
201023CARrb281471787702484.355.012.714810312.91550.67.457.1%873344
201124CARrb281631427614325.447.68.961474138.81262.925.877.0%1174519
201225CARrb2896933361213.637.310.323171579.21301.917.473.9%493223
201326CARrb2861481800163.830.08.077446.30161.27.3100.0%224012
201427CARRB281381758093694.662.213.531251817.21221.913.980.6%990436
2015*28CARRB2813132429896444.176.118.62116996.21151.27.676.2%1088739
201629CARRB2813132188249473.863.416.8218607.50250.64.638.1%884935
201730CARRB2815101986806603.445.313.2158526.51210.53.553.3%732735
Career131641699731851694.355.913.023616212958.07551.29.98613582559
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/28/2018.

Stewart's production has declined significantly over the past two years. He went from a player who could batter teams and produced under the most difficult circumstances to a guy who no longer could punish teams under the best of circumstances. Stewart's release finally ushers in a new era where Carolina has to move on to a new generation of backs.  Whether this fresh look comes through free agency or the draft remains to be seen. 

By Tony Dunn
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