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August 11, 2012

Panthers sign RB Jonathan Stewart to five-year extension

The Panthers' tailback tandem will be together for at least four more years.

The Panthers re-signed Jonathan Stewart to a five-year extension Saturday, locking up the 25-year-old back before he was eligible for free agency at the end of the season.

Ben Dogra, Stewart's agent, said the deal is worth $36.5 million and could reach $42.5 million, with $22.5 million in guaranteed money.

Combined with the extension received last summerby DeAngelo Williams, the other half of the so-called “Double Trouble” duo, the Panthers have committed $43 million to their two tailbacks.

There was speculation last summer that the Panthers would have trouble keeping both Williams and Stewart. That talk increased in March when the Panthers signed free-agent fullback Mike Tolbert, who was viewed as insurance if the Panthers were unable to re-sign Stewart.

But Dogra said talks about an extenion for Stewart began after last season. They were finalized about 90 minutes before Saturday's exhibition opener against Houston.

“Talks have been going on for quite a while. We all thought it was best to keep it under the radar,” Dogra said. “Jonathan loves being a Carolina Panther and wanted to explore the possibility he could stay there the rest of his career.”

Stewart, 25, a first-round draft pick in 2008, has rushed for 3,500 yards and a 4.8 yards-per-carry average. He and Williams became the first tandem in league history to rush for 1,100 yards apiece in 2009.

He is the second-leading rusher in team history behind Williams, who is signed through 2015.

“We are thrilled to be able to extend Jonathan for five additional years. He is a perfect fit for our organization,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said in a release. “He is a playmaker who can make the difference in games and we have seen the impact he and DeAngelo Williams have had on our team.”

Dogra said the contract is structured as a four-year deal with a club option for a fifth year. Stewart will receive a $9 million signing bonus, and a $9 million option bonus the Panthers must exercise in the spring of 2014, Dogra said.

Dogra said the deal was designed to lessen the impact on the team's salary cap.

--Joseph Person

 

Posted by Observer Sports on August 11, 2012 at 06:54 PM | Permalink

Comments

Great news.

Posted by: JeffC | Aug 11, 2012 7:25:28 PM

Are the Panthers even on TV in Raleigh?? How sad

Posted by: zoneblitz | Aug 11, 2012 7:27:14 PM

Go Panthers!!! As fans, we need to show more support and faith at games. That means buy tickets, and don't allow opposing fans to dominate our stadium. When our defense is on the field be LOUD, not just on third downs (be loud every damn down), and for the love of god shut up when our offense is on the field. Don't leave the game early if our team is down, because they might make a comeback and could use our help by making noise. You paid for the ticket, might as well enjoy the entire game. As fans, lets do our part to support the team 100%. GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!

Posted by: PanthersFan | Aug 11, 2012 7:58:45 PM

Still copy & pasting huh ?

Posted by: nasty704 | Aug 14, 2012 2:54:55 PM

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