Reviewing New York Giants’ free agent signings, who’s next?
By Henry Buggy
#4 – Jonathan Stewart
Signing a franchise left tackle, a veteran offensive lineman with starting experience, an outside linebacker with familiarity of Bettcher’s defense, and depth at the cornerback positions all make sense. What doesn’t make sense is Gettleman’s signing of running back Jonathan Stewart.
The 10-year veteran turns 31-years-old this March and is coming off arguably the worst year of his NFL career. Giants fans may have overreacted to the signing, but his reported two-year, $6.9 million contract is nothing to laugh at.
He does bring a strong locker room presence to the Giants, but many fans are questioning why Stewart over Orleans Darkwa. In fairness to Stewart, he does add a goal-line tailback to New York’s roster, something the Giants have missed for a while now.
Gettleman was happy to sign the 7,000-yard rusher, via New York’s team website.
"“I am very pleased that we were able to make Jonathan a New York Football Giant. He is a quality runner with power and speed and brings a veteran, professional presence to our locker room. He’s a terrific addition for us at this time.”"
The signing is undoubtedly Gettleman’s most questioned move. But it also doesn’t mean New York is done adding talent to their backfield.
While both Wayne Gallman and Stewart can provide a solid one-two punch behind Big Blue’s revamped offensive line, the Giants will surely look to add at least one more player to their backfield either in free agency or the draft.