Christian McCaffrey’s time in Carolina could be coming to an end.
According to Joseph Person of The Athletic, the Panthers will reportedly be willing to “listen to offers” on a potential blockbuster trade involving running back Christian McCaffrey this offseason.
Person did note that it’s “hard to imagine” the Panthers would be offered fair-market value given McCaffrey’s recent injury history and the $44 million remaining on his four-year contract.
The Panthers selected McCaffrey with the No.8 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. McCaffrey became one of the NFL’s most dynamic playmakers across his first three seasons. He scored 39 total touchdowns from 2017-2019.
Since his All-Pro season that saw him log a league-leading 2,392 yards from scrimmage in 2019, he has only played in 10 games over the past two seasons. He signed a contract in April 2020 that made him the highest-paid running back in NFL history.
He was only limited to three appearances last season because of various injuries. In 2021, he suffered a hamstring injury that caused him to miss two games followed by a season-ending ankle injury.
The Panthers are eliminated from playoff contention with a 5-11 record heading into Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.