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Carolina Panthers GM Marty Hurney reiterated that they have no plans to trade RB Jonathan Stewart at any point in the season.
“He’s a very talented player,” Hurney said during a radio interview on Tuesday, via CBS Charlotte. “He fits our Panther profile perfectly, and he’s somebody that we would like to extend for a lot of years.”
Stewart is entering the final year of his rookie contract and the fact that the Panthers have signed DeAngelo Williams to a long-term deal and also added Mike Tolbert during free agency, makes it seem like they could at least consider the idea. One interesting note to pass along; Williams’ deal has no guaranteed money following the 2012 season, so the Panthers could end up re-signing Stewart and either asking Williams to take a pay cut or release him outright.
We have Stewart listed as the #21 best available free agent in our Top 50 Free Agents list.