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Panthers release veteran running back Jonathan Stewart

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 08: Running back Jonathan Stewart #28 of the Carolina Panthers runs for yardage defensive end Anthony Zettel #69 of the Detroit Lions during the first half at Ford Field on October 8, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers have released veteran running back Jonathan Stewart, according to Panthers.com.

The Panthers’ all-time leading rusher was selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft has played every snap of his 10-year career with Carolina.

Team officials said the move gives the Panthers significant salary cap relief and opens the door for young players to get more opportunities. He had one more year left on his contract.

Earlier this week, the Panthers also released safety Kurt Coleman and defensive end Charles Johnson.

For his career, Stewart has 1,699 carries for 7,318 yards and 51 touchdowns.