Gettleman, who was sacked in July 2017, gave Stewart a one-year contract extension several months before he was relieved of his job.
"I am very pleased that we were able to make Jonathan a New York Football Giant", Gettleman said in a statement Tuesday. "He's a terrific addition for us at this time". Add in the fact that Stewart is coming off a season in which he averaged 3.4 yards per carry with the Panthers and is clearly on the downslope of his career and, well, it certainly seems like Gettleman thinks his team isn't that far off from competing and that Stewart will help get them over the top.
Orleans Darkwa, the Giants' leading rusher in 2017, is a free agent, as is Shane Vereen. His 51 rushing touchdowns rank second in team history to quarterback Cam Newton's 54, and his 58 total scores are second to wide receiver Steve Smith's 75. His best season was in 2009, when he rushed for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns.
In 2017, Stewart played in 15 games with 10 starts. Stewart ran for a season-high 110 yards on 17 carries against Miami on November 13.
The signing shouldn't sway your opinion on the potential for the Giants to snag Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick.
The Oregon product has been a steady and consistent force throughout his career with seven seasons of more than 700 rushing yards and is a powerful runner who serves as a reliable option inside the red zone and when Carolina needs a critical short-yardage pickup.