McCaffrey, Panthers agree to massive deal through 2025 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Carolina Panthers have locked down their star running back with a new extension. Christian McCaffrey will become a very rich man following the 2021 season.

McCaffrey signed a four-year extension with the Panthers. He can receive $64 million over the lifetime of this deal.

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts
Christian McCaffrey runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by the Associated Press/Michael Conroy)

This extension will run through the 2025 season. He will average $16 million per season.

He is slated to make $2.8 million during the 2020 season, his fourth-season in the league. He has a fifth-year option for the 2021 season, which obviously will be exercised.

McCaffrey, according to ESPN, is the highest-paid running back in NFL history with this deal. He had the bargaining power, as he is used in a variety of ways, including as a running back and a wide receiver.

This deal surpasses the deal that the Dallas Cowboys gave to Ezekiel Elliott after he was holding out. He received an average of $15 million per season.

With McCaffrey’s two years left on his rookie deal, his current deal could turn into a six-year, $75 million deal.

“I’m so excited to continue my career in Carolina,” McCaffrey told ESPN on Monday. “I want to thank Mr. [David] Tapper, Marty Hurney, and Coach [Matt] Rhule for the opportunity to help lead this great franchise, and to all my teammates for their help along the way. And to Panthers fans, KEEP POUNDING!”

He has started 32 games over the past two seasons. He has made 42 starts over his first three seasons with six games missed.

During the 2019 season, he had 287 carries for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns. In addition, he also had 116 receptions for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns.

In his three-year NFL career, he has appeared in 48 games, including 42 starts. He has had 623 carries for 2,920 yards and 24 touchdowns.

He has also had 303 receptions for 2,523 yards and 15 touchdowns.

“He really builds to the culture you want to have within the building,” Rhule said in a statement. “We want to be a serious football place. We want to be a place that is all about the game. That’s who Christian McCaffrey is.”

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