The Panthers have agreed to terms with RB Jonathan Stewart on a five-year, $36.5 million extension according to Adam Caplan. The deal includes $22.5 million guaranteed, which is slightly more than the $21 million guaranteed that Carolina gave fellow RB DeAngelo Williams last summer.
Panthers GM Marty Hurney was on record saying that the team wouldn’t trade Stewart and apparently he wasn’t being coy. Stewart averaged 5.4 yards on 142 carries last season and will continue to line up in the same dangerous backfield that also includes Williams and QB Cam Newton.
This should have no impact on 2012, but for long-term Stewart owners this news is not welcome. We'll have to wait until 2013 to see what the Panthers decide to do with DeAngelo Williams who is signed through 2015. While many are speculating he will be released at some point next offseason, we think the Panthers have Stewart & DAW both locked up for a reason: the four-headed monster they have created was by design.