The NFL offseason is always full of trade rumors, but one name coming out of Carolina may shock some fans. The Athletic's Joseph Person has reported that the Panthers would "listen to offers" regarding their star running back Christian McCaffrey and aren't opposed to moving him.
Christian McCaffrey Trade Rumors
It's important to point out that a trade seems unlikely given McCaffrey is signed through the 2025 season and still has $44 million left on his contract. Nevertheless, this is a piece of major news for a Panthers team that is looking to rebuild and put together a winning offense as soon as next year.
There's no denying that McCaffrey is a stud when he is out on the field. The Pro Bowl ball-carrier averages 113.8 yards from scrimmage per game throughout his five-year career and has totaled 47 touchdowns in 58 games played. The only problem is his inability to stay healthy as of late.
McCaffrey has missed 23 of his last 33 games due to lingering ankle and soft tissue injuries. He was placed on the injured reserve in late November of this season and cannot seem to get all the way back to 100%. It's not certain that he will ever return to the dominant form he showed prior to 2020.
All things considered, this is a storyline worth keeping an eye on as the Panthers shift their efforts to the offseason. It's safe to say that head coach Matt Rhule has his work cut out for him re-shaping a roster that hasn't made the playoffs since 2017.
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