The Giants are expected to be in the market for a running back this offseason, which is why they are expected to host former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart on Tuesday, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
Stewart is expected to see his first season away from Carolina in his 10-year career. He was the 13th overall pick by the Panthers back in 2008, where he has totaled 7,318 yards and 58 total touchdowns.
However, with Christian McCaffrey running the show in the backfield now, Stewart will look elsewhere for employment. The 30-year-old already met with the Lions on Monday.
Stewart does have a connection with the Giants, as his former offensive coordinator, Mike Shula, now holds the same role with Big Blue.
In 15 games last season, Stewart rushed for 680 yards (3.4 per carry) and caught 15 passes for 52 yards for a total seven touchdowns on the season.
The Giants are looking for an upgrade at running back, either in free agency or through the draft.
But Jonathan Stewart isn't it.
It makes sense that the Giants bring him in, and check him out. He's a soon-to-be 31-year-old running back whose body has been battered over 10 NFL seasons, and he's coming off a 680-yard season, and a career-low 3.4 yards per carry. So, in other words, his financial value is low. New Giants GM Dave Gettleman knows him well from his tenure in Carolina. Presumably, he thinks he'd be a good addition to the locker room.
But as a running back, his best days are behind him. It's conceivable the Giants bring him in to fill a small role, and to counsel the younger running backs. But the 5-foot10, 240-pound Stewart's best days are far behind him. Orleans Darkwa (who is a free agent), Wayne Gallman, and even Paul Perkins could all be more productive at this stage.
Still, veteran leadership (and insurance) matters. It makes some sense to have a guy like Stewart there to pick up a few carries, and to teach the next generation what he's learned. That's a big part of changing the "culture," which is so important to Gettleman and new coach Pat Shurmur.
So, as long as he's not the sole solution to the Giants' running back issues, Stewart is at least worth a look.