Found June 03, 2012 on The Football Fan Spot:
A 1st round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Jonathan Stewart is now heading into a contract year. After signing Mike Tolbert earlier this offseason, there was some speculation that Stewart could be traded, but that turned out to be just speculation. Today Stewart expressed his desire to resign long term with the Panthers, though it’s unclear if the two sides are discussing a deal. It wouldn’t be a total shock if the Panthers let Stewart hit the open market next offseason and he went elsewhere. The Panthers are pretty backed up against the cap after handing out of a bunch of big contracts last offseason, including one to DeAngelo Williams. Stewart would probably also find more playing time elsewhere. Stewart has only had 725 carries over 4 years, an average of 181 per season, because he splits carries with DeAngelo Williams. Given that and their cap situation, Stewart could be gone, which makes you wonder why the Panthers locked up Stewart, 4 years older, to a 5 year 43 million dollar de...

RB Jonathan Stewart open to deal with Carolina Panthers

Fifth-year running back Jonathan Stewart has told reporters that he is open to returning to the Carolina Panthers after this season. Heading into the final year of his rookie contract, Stewart finds himself on one of the deepest rosters of running backs in the NFL. Stewart is behind DeAngelo Williams on the depth chart and the Panthers signed free agent RB Mike Tolbert this offseason...

Jonathan Stewart wants to stay with the Panthers

Getty Images Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart would love to work out a long-term deal in order to stay in Charlotte, instead of hitting the free agent market after this coming season. “I definitely hope things work out,” Stewart said. “I want to be back. I think we have a lot of weapons on offense and we can be a dangerous team.” The Panthers tried to get...

Carolina Panthers: 2012 Breakout teams

I was recently on the phone with my brother Will, discussing the upcoming football season and the potential break out teams in the NFL. We discussed schemes and coaches; stadium surfaces and fan bases. That led me to my sleeper pick of the NFC; the Carolina Panthers, led by Cam Newton, Steve Smith, DeAngelo Williams. Will, being a Washington Redskins fan till the end, couldn'...

Tolbert relishing new opportunity with Panthers

While fullback Mike Tolbert was happy playing football in San Diego, when free agency arrived and the Panthers came calling he couldn't resist an opportunity to return home to the Carolinas. It was no cheap decision - it meant leaving $1 million on the table. A native of Douglasville, Ga., Tolbert played at Coastal Carolina and says the decision to leave the Chargers and take...

Carolina Panthers to practice in Bradenton Florida

The Carolina Panthers will open the 2012 regular season on the road, but it now appears they will be practicing on the road leading up to the Week One opener as well. The Panthers have to open their season on the road because of scheduling conflicts at Bank of America Stadium, but those conflicts have led the team to practice on the road as well. The Panthers home stadium is going...

Panthers’ Jeff Otah needs MRI on knee

Jeff Otah has played in just 4 games over the last 2 seasons thanks to knee injuries and he has lost his starting job to Byron Bell, who has played at right tackle in his absence. Even though he was once one of the top right tackles in the league and the 19th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Otah has to beat out Bell, who has struggled mightily in the last 2 years at right tackle...

Jeff Otah underwent an MRI on his left knee

Getty Images According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Carolina Panther right tackle Jeff Otah underwent an MRI on his left knee after tweaking it during the first couple of weeks of OTA’s. “Jeff tweaked his knee a little bit. It swelled up a little bit, so we’re just checking on that,” said Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. “We sent him for an MRI (Thursday)...

Mike Tolbert says he took less money to play for Panthers

Mike Tolbert has been a backup running back in San Diego behind Ryan Mathews for the past 2 years, rushing for 1235 yards and 19 touchdowns on 303 carries, while catching 79 passes. Due to that production and his ability in short yardage situations, the 5-9 243 pounder was one of the most sought after running backs on a weak running back market this offseason as a free agent. Given...
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