Originally posted on NFL News & Rumors  |  Last updated 3/23/12

The Panthers are one team that’s been remarkably quiet this off-season, aside from their signing of running back Mike Tolbert (Chargers), they’ve done little to improve the club via free agency, preferring instead of build through the draft and lock up their own free agents.

That may change in the near future, as they seem to be open to a possible trade of running back Jonathan Stewart, and according to Len Pasquarelli of the Sports XChange several teams may have significant interest in acquiring the fifth year pro.

Pasquarelli lists Denver and Pittsburgh as the two most likely destinations for Stewart, but cautions that Stewart will almost certainly have to agree on a new contract before any trade moves into a final stage, as this will be the final season on Stewart’s current deal.

The Steelers need at running back is obvious, with Rashard Mendenhall still recovering from a torn ACL late last season and likely to miss significant time this go around. Any trade/signing of Stewart will have to be team friendly towards the salary cap though, as Pittsburgh is currently struggling to stay afloat and already has had to shed the contracts of several key contributors.

Stewart, 25, has paired with fellow running back DeAngelo Williams to form one of the league’s best duos at the position, rushing for 3,500 yards and 26 touchdowns in his four seasons with Carolina.

©2012 NFL News & Rumors. All Rights Reserved.

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