This past weekend was a good one for former Oregon running back, Jonathan Stewart. On Saturday, August 11th, the Carolina Panthers and Stewart agreed to a five-year extension worth $36.5 million. However, the contract could get as high as $42.5 million if Stewart reaches certain incentives.
Stewart was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 2008 NFL Draft. Since being drafted in 2008, Jonathan Stewart has become the second-leading rusher in Panthers history. He has recorded 3,500 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns in his four NFL seasons.
Last season looked like a down year for Stewart based on his stats. In 2011, he recorded 761 rushing yards on 142 attempts and four touchdowns. He also had 413 receiving yards on 47 receptions and one receiving touchdowns. Jonathan Stewart was eligible for free agency at the end of this upcoming NFL season.
Both the Carolina Panthers organization and Jonathan Stewart were happy to get this extension done this weekend.
According to The Olympian, Panthers general manger Marty Hurney said:
“We are thrilled to be able to extend Jonathan for five additional years. He is a perfect fit for our organization.”
In the first preseason game against the Houston Texans, Stewart only recorded 13 receiving yards and one reception in his brief playing time.
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