Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Wednesday the team continues to negotiate with quarterback Matt Ryan’s agent but reiterated there’s no timetable on getting a contract extension completed for the one-time MVP.
I’m definitely excited to go in there and share my wisdom as being a professional in this business and also learn, too, from the younger guys as well, Stewart said Wednesday. There is always room for growth and I’m excited to be a part of that running-back group. The sky is the limit and I’m excited to meet those guys and be a part of the team.
It is not yet determined who Stewart will share the room with. Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins are holdovers for the Giants at running back but there is a much bigger prize waiting out there. The Giants own the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft and could use it on Saquon Barkley, the Penn State star considered by many talent evaluators to be a once-a-decade talent.
Stewart spent the first 10 years of his career with the Panthers and turns 31 next week. He is coming off a career-worst 3.4-yard-per- carry average and signed a two-year deal worth $6.9 million, with $2.95 million in guaranteed money, so it can realistically be viewed as a one-year commitment for around $3 million. For that money, general manager Dave Gettleman is not viewing Stewart as the starting running back.
I’ve got a lot left, Stewart said. The only reason why I would be playing is if I knew I could play and I know I can play, Dave knows I can play — there is a lot that I feel I want to prove and writing my own story as far as how things shape up moving forward for me.
It played a significant role, said Stewart, who visited with the Seahawks and Lions before signing with the Giants. Dave believes in me, and it’s just good to know that the GM believes in what you can do on the field, and Mike Shula, there is a familiarity with the offense and the scheme.
There’s no time frame on it right now, Dimitroff told reporters gathered at Georgia’s pro day. I think the biggest thing for [Ryan’s representation], at one time, was probably waiting to see what was going on in the market. That’s kind of come and gone now, right? So we’ll continue to talk about how to get it finalized.