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Jonathan Stewart or DeAngelo Williams could be traded after Mike Tolbert signing

The Panthers announced the signing of Mike Tolbert Monday, sparking speculation that they may trade one of their running backs. Carolina already has DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, and Mike Goodson under contract at the position. Stewart will be a free agent after the season. Williams signed a five-year contract last July and would likely have less value on the trade market.

The team is billing Tolbert as a fullback, indicating they plan to keep all three players. Given Tolbert’s success running the ball with the Chargers, I can’t imagine he signed to become a blocking back. This is probably a front by the Panthers to increase their leverage in trade conversations.

If Carolina ends up trading DeAngelo Williams or Jonathan Stewart, which is what I think will happen, it could be good news for both players. They’ve split carries the past four seasons and limited each others’ numbers. While having complementary backs is critical to preserving players’ health, it cuts into stats.

Though I believe one back will be traded, it’s worth noting the Charlotte Observer says they were told Stewart won’t be dealt.

UPDATE: Chargers reporter Kevin Acee says Tolbert turned down more money from San Diego to return to the South.

Jonathan Stewart Wears LSU Jersey After Losing Bet with Brandon LaFell

LSU beat Oregon 40-27 in the biggest college football game of the opening weekend Saturday. Carolina wide receiver Brandon LaFell had a bet with teammate Jonathan Stewart over whose school would win the game. LaFell won that bet, and the result is Stewart wearing an LSU jersey this week:

LaFell tweeted that picture with the accompanying message “Jonathan Stewart will be in purple n gold all week.”

Stewart replied “I know I lost the bet though!! Gotta be a man of my word LaFell, Oregon and LSU will meet again.”

It was an impressive win for LSU given that they went with Jarrett Lee at quarterback for the game. I’m guessing most people didn’t expect the Tigers to be up by 20 most of the second half. Well, at least I’m sure Stewart didn’t. He should just be happy he didn’t have to wear this after losing the bet.

Jonathan Stewart Funds Free Football Camp Out of Pocket

Jonathan Stewart teams up with DeAngelo Williams on the Carolina Panthers to form one of the most potent running back tandems in the NFL. Stewart came into the League with a foot injury and has battled achilles injuries each of the past two seasons. The heel problems that resulted in an offseason surgery this year didn’t prevent Stewart from scoring 10 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons, and surpassing the 1,000 yard mark this past year. Although Stewart has burst onto the scene as a running back to watch in the NFL, it’s his work off of the field that is making the biggest impression.

As Pro Football Talk pointed out over the weekend, Stewart held a football camp for about 180 kids ages 7-14 in his hometown of Lacey, Washington. Best part of all is that Stewart made the camp free for the kids and covered all expenses out of pocket. According to The Oregonian, the camp participants came from the local YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and the New Life Baptist Church that Stewart attended. Additionally, Stewart apparently found camp sponsors on his own and paid his fellow NFL buddies to make appearances, all out of pocket.

So what possessed Stewart to run the free camp? He explained to The Oregonian, “For me, why make somebody pay to get better at something or to be inspired. That’s what this is all about. I’m not in it to make any money, especially in my hometown.” It’s not often we hear great stories like this so it’s on us to make sure these wonderful efforts are recognized. As if you didn’t already have enough reasons to draft Stewie for your fantasy football team this year, now you have another.

Sources:
Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart finds his footing on and off the field [The Oregonian]
Football players flock to Washington for free football camp [Pro Football Talk]