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Giants decline option for Jonathan Stewart

Jonathan Stewart

The New York Giants have declined their option for running back Jonathan Stewart, according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.

Stewart would have made $2.35 million next season if the Giants would have picked it up.

The 31-year-old played in just three games for New York this past year before a foot injury landed him on the injured reserve list. During the time that he did play, Stewart carried the ball just six times for 17 yards.

Obviously, with the emergence of rookie running back Saquon Barkley, there would have been only limited touches for Stewart even if he were healthy, but he is a veteran who has been declining for quite some time.

Stewart averaged just 3.8 and 3.4 yards per carry, respectively, in each of his last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers in 2016 and 2017 before joining the Giants.

Still, the halfback believes he can produce if given the opportunity:

“I think I still have gas,” Stewart said, according to Ryan Dunleavy of NJ Advance Media. “It was disappointing. I’m not going to lie about that. But it was a season where God put me in a position to offer my experience and my assistance in different ways.”

There was a time when Stewart was one of the more dependable running backs in the league, and in 2015, Stewart made the Pro Bowl after rushing for 989 yards and six touchdowns.

For years, Stewart shared a backfield with DeAngelo Williams in Carolina, and during Stewart’s second season in 2009, he racked up 1,133 yards and 10 scores.