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Panthers Trading Rb Christian Mccaffrey To 49ers In Exchange For Host Of Draft Picks

Christian McCaffrey

Back in the Bay Area, Christian McCaffrey is going. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport’s report late Thursday night, the San Francisco 49ers are getting the explosive dual-threat running back from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for numerous draft picks.

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The Panthers will receive a second-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, a third-round pick, a fourth-round pick, and a fifth-round pick in 2024 in exchange for Christian McCaffrey. The transaction was subsequently announced by Carolina and San Francisco.

According to Rapoport, Christian McCaffrey has already spoken with the Niners’ head coach Kyle Shanahan and “club brass” and will arrive at his new residence on Friday. If he plays against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, as expected, Christian McCaffrey will probably be utilised in a red zone package.

Christian McCaffrey has attracted interest since Carolina sacked head coach Matt Rhule on October 10; according to Rapoport, it came down to NFC West rivals the Niners and Los Angeles Rams. According to Rapoport, the Panthers sought a first-round selection, but neither team was willing to part with one, so Carolina received what it considered to be the equivalent.

For the rest of the season, San Francisco will only have to pay $690,000, according to NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero. Pelissero continued by saying that CMC is thus owed $12 million in 2023 and 2024, $12.2 million in 2025, and only $1 million in injury guarantees.

Christian McCaffrey was a standout in college at Stanford, where he finished as the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2015 after scoring 33 touchdowns in three seasons as a rusher, receiver, returner, and even quarterback.

Additionally, he will be reunited with Shanahan, who is said to have looked after Christian McCaffrey while his father Ed was a wide receiver with the Broncos in the late 1990s and Shanahan’s father Mike was their head coach. In Denver, McCaffrey and the elder Shanahan shared two Super Bowl victories.

The cost was high, but the 3-3 49ers needed more offensive oomph. Even with Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and George Kittle (when healthy), San Francisco’s attack only ranks 19th in scoring with 20.3 points per game, placing it generally around the middle of the pack in the major categories.

In a crowded backfield that is currently headed by Jeff Wilson, Christian McCaffrey joins. Samuel also runs on occasion, and the team anticipates that leading rusher for 2021 Elijah Mitchell, who has been sidelined since Week 1 due to an MCL sprain, will return following the Week 9 bye.

Christian McCaffrey isn’t simply a runner, though. In 64 games over his career, he has 390 receptions, twice surpassing the 100-catch milestone. McCaffrey missed 23 of Carolina’s 33 regular-season games in 2020 and 2021 due to serious injuries.

McCaffrey has played most of the offensive snaps in each of the Panthers’ six games so far in 2022 because of his comparatively good health. He has the 12th-most carries (85), 13th-most rushing yards (393), 31st-most targets (43) and 19th-most receptions in the NFL (33).

In the meantime, Carolina is currently in full rebuild mode and is most likely about to enter an offseason in which acquiring a franchise quarterback seems crucial. The 1-5 Panthers, who earlier dealt Robbie Anderson to the Arizona Cardinals, may be vying for the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, but increasing draft cash was necessary. The Texans, Seahawks, and Lions are three additional clubs who might require a new quarterback and who presently each have two first-round picks in 2023.

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