CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Veteran Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart was released by the team Wednesday.
Team officials said the move gives the Panthers significant salary cap relief and opens the door for young players to get more opportunities.
Stewart, the Panthers’ all-time leading rusher, was selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft and played every snap of his 10-year career with the team.
"Jonathan played the game the way you want. He brought an element of toughness as a runner that set the tempo for our team," head coach Ron Rivera said. "He is a great pro, and I appreciate who he is as a young man and thank him for the contribution he made."
Stewart was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2015 after he led the team with 989 rushing yards and six touchdowns with a career-best 242 carries.
During Stewart's 10-year tenure, he helped Carolina to five playoff appearances.
He had one year remaining on his contract.
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