Panthers Release Jonathan Stewart – Tommy Lippart


Stewart, selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft, has played every snap of his 10-year career with the Panthers and is Carolina’s all-time leading rusher. He had one year remaining on his contract.

“Jonathan played the game the way you want. He brought an element of toughness as a runner that set the tempo for our team,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “He is a great pro, and I appreciate who he is as a young man and thank him for the contribution he made.”

The former Oregon standout was set to have a $5.2 million cap hit for Carolina, and releasing him frees up $3.7 million in cap space. Stewart earned a career-low 3.4 yards per carry while sharing the backfield with first-round rookie Christian McCaffrey in 2017. In his 10 year career, he played in 131 games, recording 7,318 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry, and 51 TDs.

Could Stewart be a good fit for Tampa?