CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have reached a five-year contract extension with running back Jonathan Stewart.
Financial terms of the deal weren't immediately available.
Panthers general manager Marty Hurney says the team is "thrilled" to keep Stewart around to pair with fellow running back DeAngelo Williams, who received a five-year contract last year, and new fullback Mike Tolbert.
Hurney calls Stewart a "playmaker who came make a difference in games" and that "we have seen the impact he and DeAngelo Williams have had on our team."
The decision also closes speculation the Panthers (No. 20 in AP Pro32) might attempt to trade Stewart, who was in the last year of his contract.
A fifth-year running back, Stewart is the team's second all-time leader rusher behind Williams with 3,500 yards rushing.