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14 March 2018

The New York Giants are looking to upgrade their running game with a veteran back.

The Oregon product has been a steady and consistent force throughout his career with seven seasons of more than 700 rushing yards and is a powerful runner who serves as a reliable option inside the red zone and when Carolina needs a critical short-yardage pickup. In his 10 seasons with Carolina, Stewart rushed for 7,318 yards and scored 58 total touchdowns. He became Carolina's all-time leading rusher in 2017 after surpassing DeAngelo William's previous record in October.

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Between the Panthers and Giants, this represents the second contract that general manager Dave Gettleman has given out to Stewart in his career. Shula served in the same role for the Panthers for five seasons from 2013-17.

Stewart was the 13th overall selection in the 2008 National Football League draft after leaving the University of OR following his junior season.

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The signing of Stewart could mean the departure of unrestricted free agent Orleans Darkwa.

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.

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Stewart will likely compete with Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins for the Giants' starting job during training camp and the preseason. He also caught eight passes for 46 yards. The Giants also own the No. 2 selection in the upcoming NFL Draft and have been rumored to be interested in Penn State running back and top prospect Saquon Barkley.

Stewart reunites with Shula, Gettleman as he joins the Giants Video