This name might surprise some people, but trade rumors have already swirled around Carolina Panthers’ superstar running back Christian McCaffrey. Panthers’ general manager Scott Fitter stated that the team had no intentions of dealing the star back “right now,” according to SI.
This means the team will likely take calls, but it would take a lot to move the running back. The 25-year old running back has only played a total of 10 games over the past two seasons due to injures.
When the running back is fully healthy, he produces in bunches. McCaffrey has had two 1000-yard rushing seasons and, in 2019, he was able to produce a 1000-yard receiving season with over 100 catches.
In fact, his 2019 season saw him making his first Pro Bowl and being named First-Team All-Pro after totaling 1,387 rushing yards for 15 rushing touchdowns to go along with 142 targets for 116 receptions, 1,005 receiving yards, and 4 receiving touchdowns. He totaled 2,392 scrimmage yards and 19 total touchdowns while starting all 16 games and only fumbling once while having 403 touches.
The question then becomes if he can ever regain this form. The Panthers could deal him if they believe Chubba Hubbard can produce and if they believe the return is worth what they give up.
Miami would clearly benefit from even half of McCaffrey’s form if he can be a dynamic playmaker. If they are forced to split McCaffrey’s carries it’ll likely keep him fresh and still give the team the best running back the team has had in some time.
It would be unknown what his price would be, but it is worth giving Carolina a call and seeing what his value would be.