The Carolina Panthers signed running back Jonathan Stewart, their all-time leading rusher, to a one-day contract Tuesday so he could retire as a member of the team that selected him in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft.

Stewart was released after the 2017 season when the Panthers opted to build the offense around Christian McCaffrey, the eighth pick of the 2017 draft. McCaffrey went on to play 91.3 percent of the snaps this past season and set an NFL single-season record with 107 catches for 867 yards in addition to rushing for 1,098 yards.

Stewart spent the 2018 season with the New York Giants after signing a two-year, $6.9 million deal.