Stewart followed Gettleman to the Giants, which is a contrast to the experiences had by other ex-Panthers stars like Josh Norman, De’Angelo Williams and Steve Smith. All three criticized Gettleman for their unceremonious exits, though cutting ties with aging veteans makes football sense.
Stewart, who signed a two-year deal with the Giants at the start of free agency, sent a text message to Gettleman when he first heard the news.
His eyes were a little moist behind his dark sunglasses, but for the most part, he looked more like a man who had gone for a nice long walk than one who saw his son do something no golfer had done since Curtis Strange won back-to-back titles in 1988 and 1989.
Thursday officially brought an end to New Jersey’s seven-year, $9 million court battle to institute legal sports wagers in the face of fierce opposition from major professional and college sports leagues.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled ruled last month that a federal ban on such betting was unconstitutional, allowing states across the U.S. to allow it.
Until now, only Nevada — home to Las Vegas — had full-scale legal sports betting. New Jersey is the second state to launch since the court’s ruling, after Delaware last week.
The Browns could have made up for that by using the 2017 first-rounder they received from Philadelphia on the sensational Deshaun Watson, but, alas, they also sold that selection on draft night.