Jonathan Stewart signs one-day deal to retire with Panthers

Jonathan Stewart was back with the Panthers for a day.

The team signed its former running back to a one-day contract so he could retire as a Panther.

“It’s with a grateful heart and excitement for this next season of life that I want share with you that I’ve signed a one-day contract and have officially retired from the NFL as a Carolina Panther,” Stewart posted on Instagram. “Thank you @panthers for 10 amazing seasons and bringing me to this place that I now call home. Keep Pounding!!!”

Stewart, 32, was drafted by the Panthers in 2008 with the No. 13th overall pick and spent the next 10 season with Carolina.

During that time, he amassed a franchise-record 7,318 rushing yards and 51 touchdowns, along with 162 catches for 1,295 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

After the 2017 season, he signed with the Giants but was placed on injured reserve early in the 2018 season with a foot injury.

His decision to retire came after the Giants didn’t pick up his second-year option at the end of the season.

Stewart earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2015 and still holds numerous franchise records for Carolina.