Panthers release veteran RB Stewart

Panthers Cut Team's All-Time Rusher Jonathan Stewart

Jonathan Stewart was a constant in the Carolina backfield for a decade.

The Carolina Panthers have released running back Jonathan Stewart after 10 seasons with the team, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera was quoted as saying: 'Jonathan played the game the way you want.

The Panthers signed Stewart to a one-year, $8 million contract extension last year that would presumably keep him in the fold through the 2018 season.

With Monday's release of veteran defensive end Charles Johnson and safety Kurt Coleman, general manager Marty Hurney has cleared just over $9.6 million in cap space in the past three days.

The Panthers selected Stewart, 30, with the 13th pick of the first round of 2008 NFL Draft.

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Stewart finished the 2017 season with a career-low 3.4 yards per carry.

Stewart was the team's leading rusher last season, and he racked up nearly 250 yards more than McCaffrey did in his rookie season. That's the longest active drought by a team in the National Football League, according to ESPN Stats & Information. "I just started watching tape on that group, so I don't really have a feel for them, but I do think there is a guy that could potentially help us".

The Panthers are approximately $30 million under the projected salary cap for 2018. Stewart made the Pro Bowl in 2015, the same season the Panthers made Super Bowl 50.

Plus, this draft is deep in top running backs.

Indianapolis is going to release Frank Gore, whose style Carroll has long admired from back when Gore was romping with the 49ers. It was not for pretty much the last decade.

Stewart has been a durable player for Carolina.

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