Coincidence? More like norm among National Football League running backs. His contract includes $2.95 million guaranteed and could be worth $8.2 million if he reaches incentives. "Moving forward I'm pretty sure that's kind of the culture that NY is expecting to have next year, which is why I gravitated toward the decision with the Giants".
"I've got a lot left", Stewart said Wednesday.
"I'm going into my 11th year at running back and this is my first new team", he said. "Only reason why I would be playing is if I knew I could play and I know I can play, (GM) Dave (Gettleman) knows I can play - there is a lot that I feel I want to prove and writing my own story as far as how things shape up moving forward for me". "I'm grateful for the owner (John Mara) taking a chance to me and the head coach and coaching staff trusting me".
Despite some struggles last season, Stewart is still one of the best offensive players in Panthers history after consistently serving as the top running back option for the better part of a decade.
After he was released by the Panthers on February 28, Stewart initially drew interest from the Seahawks and Lions, but the Giants will end up with his services in 2018. If the Cleveland Browns decide not to take Penn State star Saquon Barkley at No. 1, the Giants simply can't pass on a talent like him.
It is not yet determined whom Stewart will share the room with.
There is always room for growth and I'm excited to be apart of that running back group and I'm sure we have a lot to look forward to at the end of the day. "If you're not competing, if you're not expected to have competition amongst the group, then you shouldn't be in this business", Stewart said on the call. It doesn't make you better if you are not willing to compete.