Stewart, who turns 31 on Mar. 21, is the Panthers’ all-time leader in rushing attempts (1,699) and rushing yards (7,318). His 51 rushing touchdowns are second only to Cam Newton’s 54. Stewart was released by the Panthers Feb. 28 after a 2017 season where he carried the ball 198 times for 680 yards and six touchdowns.
Stewart’s 680 yards is his lowest output since 2013 when he rushed for just 180 yards in six games. His 3.4 yards per carry was the lowest of his career. According to Pro Football Reference, Stewart’s 2017 yards per carry average was ranked 43rd out of 48 players with at least 6.25 rushing attempts per game.
Stewart, the 13th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Oregon, has one 1,000-yard season (2009) and one Pro Bowl season (2015). He has played in 131 regular season games with 64 starts. Stewart has only played an entire 16-game schedule three times in his career and has an extensive injury history.
Stewart’s signing will reunite him with offensive coordinator Mike Shula and general manager Dave Gettleman. Shula spent seven seasons with the Panthers as a quarterbacks coach (2011-12) and offensive coordinator (2013-17). Gettleman was the Panthers’ general manager from 2013-16.
Specifics of the deal have not been released.