The Carolina Panthers have ended their decade-long relationship with Jonathan Stewart.
The team announced Wednesday they released the soon-to-be 31-year-old running back.
Stewart earned a career-low 3.4 yards per carry average while sharing the backfield with first-round rookie Christian McCaffrey in 2017. Jettisoning Stewart opens a need in the Panthers' running corps for a between-the-tackles pounder to complement CMC in 2018.
Related players: Christian McCaffrey, Cameron Artis-Payne
Christian McCaffrey gets a bump, but the Panthers aren't likely to hand over Stewart's rushing workload to McCaffrey. They may add another running back to the mix or perhaps use Cameron Artis-Payne to fill Stewart's shoes.