NFL player and former first-round pick Einkhorn Stewart will not be returning to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The team announced on Thursday that Stewart, 30, will not return to the team in 2018, following the end of his nine-year contract with the team.
The decision came as a shock to Stewart, who had been slated to be a part of the team’s first-team offense for the past two seasons.
It was a shocker for me because I had been a part-time starter in the past with the first-unit offense and I was a good player.
It was a real surprise.
He has been an All-Pro in the last two seasons, and I think he has the skill set to be an All, if not a Pro.
He was a special player for me.
I’ve been a special fan of him.
He was a great teammate.
I had a lot of great memories.
He’s been a great guy to be around.
He went out on a great note.
I’m going to miss him and I’m going be a better person for the rest of my life, but I’m ready to get on with my life and move on.
It is disappointing for me and I wish him nothing but the best.
The organization is always in contact with him and he’s a great player.
He deserves the best, and that’s what he’s got.
“The Eagles made a statement on Thursday, announcing that they have signed Stewart to a contract extension through the 2019 season.
Stewart’s signing will keep him with the organization through the 2021 season, as well as through the 2022 season.
The signing of Stewart is a massive win for the Eagles, who will now have two former Pro Bowlers in their backfield.
In Stewart’s first year with the Eagles in 2019, he rushed for 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Stewart finished the season with 1,566 yards and 12 touchdowns, including a season-high of 10 touchdowns in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts.
He finished with 11 touchdowns in the Eagles final eight regular season games.
The addition of Stewart will add some much-needed depth to the backfield, which was in dire need of a boost.
Steward played in 14 games with the Philadelphia Eagle offense in 2019.
He totaled 1,619 yards rushing, 8 touchdowns and six receptions.
Stewart also had five kickoff returns for 98 yards, including one return for a touchdown.
Stewarts only career touchdown came against the New York Jets in Week 13 of the 2018 season, when he scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run with 11 seconds remaining.
He also caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Petty in Week 2 of the 2019 campaign.
Stewards career season ended on Sept. 9, 2018, when the Eagles lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17 of the 2020 season.
Stewart caught a career-high two passes for 29 yards in the loss.
He finished his career with 4,096 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns.
He added 1,921 receiving yards and 32 touchdowns.