Stewart signed a four-year, $28 million extension with the Broncos on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Stewart has experienced somewhat of a rebirth in his seventh season, recording 44 combined tackles, three interceptions and one fumble recovery so far this season. His three interceptions in 2016 match his career total prior to this year, and he is one of the reasons the Broncos defense has been so dominant this season. He will continue starting at free safety for Denver.
Stewart recorded three turnovers, two picks and a fumble recovery, to go along with two tackles and two passes defensed in Sunday's win over New Orleans. Stewart's first pick was on a beautifully tracked errant deep ball. His next two turnovers were either deflected or dislodged by Bradley Roby, with Stewart finding himself in the right place at the right time. Stewart recorded more turnovers on Sunday than any full season of his since 2011 and while he's never been much of a game-breaker, the veteran is certainly on a hot streak - having picked off a pass or forced a fumble in three of his last four games.
Stewart was fined $18,231 for roughing the passer during Week 1's regular season opener against the Panthers, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports. Stewart's illegal hit on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton warranted the minimum fine amount for a first offense in 2016. The free safety will look to put the issue behind him as he prepares for a Week 2 tilt against the Colts.
Stewart tallied 63 tackles, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, a pick and 10 passes defended in 2015. He added 11 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, an interception and three passes defended in the playoffs. Playing a jack-of-all-trades role, Stewart ranked third on the team in tackles while making his presence felt in the passing game. A huge interception in the AFC Championship Game and forced fumble in Super Bowl 50 set a favorable tone for this offseason's contract negotiations, but those negotiations will likely conclude with a move to a different city. Von Miller, Malik Jackson, Brock Osweiler and Danny Trevathan have all been identified as priorities for Denver to resign this offseason. With it doubtful that the team will have the money to keep all four, Stewart is unlikely to be a factor in the Broncos' future.
Stewart recorded three tackles a sack, a forced fumble and defended two passes in the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 win over the Panthers. Mike Tolbert was a 250-pound unstoppable force rumbling down the field for an 11 yard gain in the second quarter. He then met an immovable object in Stewart, who dislodged the ball from the fullback. Stewart signed a modest one-year deal to come to Denver in the offseason and serve as the fourth part of the Broncos' "No Fly Zone." He responded with his best statistical season since 2011. Unless Stewart is willing to take a team-friendly deal, it is hard to imagine Denver being able to properly reward him for his efforts.