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RB Jonathan Stewart and Panthers Agree on Five-Year Extension

The Panthers and running back Jonathan Stewart have come to terms on a 5-year deal that will keep him with the team through the 2017 season.

The deal is worth $36.5 million and could reach a maximum of $42.5 million. It includes $22.5 million guaranteed.

“We are thrilled to be able to extend Jonathan for five additional years,’’ general manager Marty Hurney said. “He is a perfect fit for our organization. He is a playmaker who can make the difference in games, and we have seen the impact he and DeAngelo Williams have had on our team.”

Although there were rumors in the offseason that the Panthers were looking to trade Stewart, Hurney was adamant that those reports weren’t true, it actually seems more likely that Williams would be the first of the running backs to depart, especially since his guaranteed money only lasts through the 2012 season.

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