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Giants put Landon Collins on injured reserve but passed on bringing back Jonathan Stewart. What Stewart signing should teach Dave Gettleman.

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As the Giants prepare to face an ageless running back, they decided to shut down their own running back who has shown the downfall that can happen after age 30.

The Giants decided not to activate running back Jonathan Stewart (foot) from injured reserve by Thursday’s NFL-imposed deadline for making the move. He is out for the season and no longer can practice as he had been for the past three weeks in hopes of returning.

Stewart declined a media request Thursday in the locker room after not participating in practice.

The former first-round draft pick is the all-time leading rusher in Panthers’ history with 7,318 yards, but he had just six carries for 17 yards in three games with the Giants. Signs were evident in offseason practice and the preseason.

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The Panthers released Stewart earlier this year coming off career-low numbers, but Giants general manager Dave Gettleman — who previously was GM of the Panthers — inked Stewart to a two-year deal worth $6.8 million with $3.45 million guaranteed, according to spotrac.com.

At the time, the Giants had not yet drafted Saquon Barkley and Stewart was viewed as a veteran to team with second-year pro Wayne Gallman and third-year pro Paul Perkins. Gettleman believed Stewart had “hardly lost anything.”

It felt like the kind of sentimental and subjective move that can get a NFL team in salary cap trouble and exactly what the Giants need to avoid with their tough business decisions this coming offseason.

The Giants can release Stewart after the season at the cost of $250,000 in dead cap space rather than incur …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports


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