Jonathan Stewart


Giants Sign Jonathan Stewart, Reportedly Lose Weston Richburg And Devon Kennard

March 13, 2018 - 10:54 am

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (WFAN) -- The Giants made a high-profile signing Tuesday, but also lost two starters from last season in free agency, according to reports.

Big Blue announced that it signed running back Jonathan Stewart, who spent 10 seasons with the Carolina Panthers. The signing reunites Stewart with Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, who was the GM in Carolina for four years.

It’s a two-year contract worth up to $8.4 million, NFL Network reported.

Unlike most other NFL contract agreements Tuesday, the Giants did not have to wait until 4 p.m. Wednesday to sign Stewart because he was released by the Panthers last month.

A first-round draft pick in 2008 out of Oregon, the 5-foot-10, 240-pound Stewart has rushed for 7,318 yards and six touchdowns in his career. Last season, he played in 15 games and had 680 yards and six touchdowns.

Stewart joins a Giants backfield that also includes youngsters Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins. Last season, Big Blue ranked 26th in the NFL in rushing, averaging just 96.8 yards per game.

Earlier Tuesday, center/guard Weston Richburg and outside linebacker Devon Kennard reportedly found new teams.

Richburg, who started all but two games along the Giants' offensive line over the past three seasons, is headed to the San Francisco 49ers on a five-year contract, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. Financial terms of the deal have not yet been reported.

Kennard will sign a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Detroit Lions, reported.

The Giants selected Richburg, now 26, in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Colorado State. He played in just four games as a rookie before earning a starting job in 2015.

Under Gettleman, the Giants are expected to give their offensive line, one of their biggest weaknesses in last season's 3-13 disaster, a significant makeover. 

Kennard, 26, was a fifth-round draft pick by the Giants in 2014 out of USC. In his four seasons with New York, he played in 52 games (35 starts) and had 136 tackles, 9 1/2 sacks and one interception. In 15 games, including 11 starts, last season, he had 41 tackles and four sacks.