It appears that "Double Trouble" will continue to punish the NFC South. The Carolina Panthers extended Jonathan Stewart for five more years on Saturday, August 11, 2012. DeAngelo Williams received his five year contract in 2011. As a huge Carolina Panthers fan, I could not be happier about the stability this gives our running game. With all the trade rumors flying around about Stewart getting traded, I had my doubts that this was going to be possible. Clearly the Panthers management had it in mind all along. Stewart is the most vital part of our running game in my view, though Williams often gets more attention. Both will be heavily featured in years to come.
Jonathan Stewart is the guy that fans love to watch punish the defense
When the fourth quarter rolls around, Jonathan Stewart starts to look pretty formidable in the backfield. Stewart is a very fast running back, but fans like to see him run over people. Thinking about Stewart playing for another team was not something I was looking forward to. This new contract makes it likely that I will get to watch Stewart run over the opposition for at least five more years.
Stewart contract means the Panthers might be able to retire "Double Trouble"
The Panthers drafted DeAngelo Williams in 2006 and then drafted Stewart in 2008. It would be fantastic to have them both spend their entire careers in Carolina. When Stewart was drafted, I never dreamed they both would still be here in Charlotte all these years later. At this point in their careers, it is becoming rather clear that the Panthers management wants them to remain for a very long time. If we are lucky, they may both retire as Panthers and solidify their statuses as all-time team favorites.
Stewart and Williams sharing carries will extend both careers
It is shocking how similar the numbers were between Williams and Stewart in 2011. Both guys averaged over five yards every time they ran the football and they both got their chances. That also is fairly indicative of the other shared seasons between them. When one is injured, the other is there to pick them up. As they get older, this can only help them to stay fresh and strong. Less carries means less pounding on those joints. Both guys could play longer than the average running back and remain effective doing so.
*Southern is a huge Carolina Panthers fan that is convinced that he will see a Super Bowl Trophy in Charlotte within five years.
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