Are you an NFL team looking for a running back who can sometimes play football, but is mostly injured all the time? Well, then the Carolina Panthers might have a deal for you!
The Carolina Panthers will reportedly be willing to “listen to offers” on a potential blockbuster trade involving running back Christian McCaffrey during the 2022 NFL offseason.
Joseph Person of The Athletic reported that news Friday and noted 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.
It was back in 2017 when the Panthers selected the Stanford product with the No. 8 pick and he became one of the NFL’s most dynamic playmakers across his first three pro seasons. McCaffrey scored 39 total touchdowns between 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.
His trade value has never been lower than it is right now.
The Panthers are eliminated from playoff contention with a 5-11 record heading into Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.