By Adam Thompson | | 3 mins
Christian McCaffrey Trade Odds: Panthers To Move On From Star RB?
In January, Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule declared he “fully expects” star RB Christian McCaffrey to be in Charlotte for the 2022 season.
But that was in January – in NFL offseason terms, a lifetime ago. This week, the Panthers admitted while they’re not shopping McCaffrey, they’re not hanging up the phone if someone calls either.
In fact, trade demands have already been rumored: A first-round pick and a cheap-but-solid player in return. Many teams would take that chance for McCaffrey, who when healthy is a top-five NFL back.
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|New England Patriots||+1500|
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McCaffrey has four years remaining on a deal that ranges between $13-18M in cap hits during that time. That’s a lot of dough for a running back that’s played in just 10 games since inking the deal in 2020.
NFL betting fans should note that McCaffrey surely won’t be traded until after June 1, or Carolina risks getting hit with a dead money cap hit of $18.5 million.
But he’s still just 26 years old, and he’s been an NFL Player of the Year candidate in his two full seasons. The last one, in 2019, he played all 16 games and totaled 1,387 rushing yards, 1,005 receiving yards and 18 TDs.
Money isn’t an issue for the Dolphins, who have over $50 million in cap space to play with. They also have a mammoth need for an RB to boost the 30th-ranked run offense of a year ago, and to help Tua Tagovailoa, especially in their run-pass option offense Tua is so good at running.
In Philly, Miles Sanders has been serviceable with his own injury issues, playing in 12 games in each of the last two seasons. McCaffrey would be an upgrade to go alongside dual-threat QB Jalen Hurts, especially in the pass game, and few teams can match the Eagles in terms of draft capital, owners of the 15th, 16th and 19th picks in the first round. They have the cap space to make it work.
The Jets ranked 27th in rushing and, like the Dolphins and Eagles, would relish a go-to back alongside a growing QB. Same goes for the Patriots and Seahawks, who have competent backfields but could upgrade. Seattle suddenly has over $33M in cap space after trading QB Russell Wilson.
The Falcons, Texans, Buccaneers and Cardinals would likely love to add McCaffrey, but would have to make other major moves to get McCaffrey under the cap. McCaffrey in the same backfield as Josh Allen in Buffalo could make the Bills the most fearsome offense in the NFL, but cap space currently sits at -$2M.
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