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Report: Giants to part ways with running back Jonathan Stewart

Running back Jonathan Stewart is now set for free agency. 

The Giants will not pick up the option on Stewart, according to a source who spoke with Ralph Vacchiano of SNY (on Twitter). 

Stewart inked a two-year, $6.9M contract with the Giants last March. After Saquon Barkley was drafted, the plan was for Stewart to serve as a change-of-pace back and sideline mentor to the former Penn State star. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned. A foot injury landed Stewart on IR in September and the Giants decided against activating him from IR after he returned to practice in November.

All told, Stewart played in three games last year and rushed six times for 17 yards. That’s a far cry from his best years in Carolina, including a 2015 Pro Bowl season in which he ran for 989 yards and averaged 4.1 yards per tote.

Stewart will celebrate his 32nd birthday on March 21, putting him at a tricky age for running backs. Still, if he plans to continue playing, he may draw interest in the second and third waves of free agency.

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