By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Carolina Panthers have officially begun their rebuilding process. First, Matt Rhule gets fired.
Then, this week in a matter of five days, the team has made two trades. First, Robbie Anderson was dealt.
Now, Christian McCaffrey, one of the faces of the franchise, has been traded. The former teammates will be playing against each other in the NFC West.
Anderson was traded to the Arizona Cardinals on Monday. He was dealt one day after clashing with interim head coach Steve Wilks and the coaching staff in a game.
McCaffrey was traded to the San Francisco 49ers around midnight on Friday morning.
The Panthers have added a stockpile of draft picks in both deals. Carolina hopes that these new players added down the road will help their team in the future.
Carolina received a 2023 second, third, and fourth round draft picks in the McCaffrey deal. The deal also includes a 2024 fifth round draft pick.
In the Anderson deal, Carolina added two draft picks. The team received a 2024 sixth round draft pick and a 2025 seventh round draft pick.
This is a huge gamble for the 49ers. While McCaffrey appears to be healthy this season, he has been injury prone the last two seasons.
He is expected to fly to the Bay Area on Friday. With just a few days before their game against the Kansas City Chiefs, it is unlikely McCaffrey will play in the game on Sunday, according to Adam Schefter.
Once he is prepared to play, McCaffrey is expected to take the starting job from Jeff Wilson.
McCaffrey had 13 carries for 69 yards in his final game with the Panthers on October 16th against the Los Angeles Rams. If he misses the game against the Chiefs, his first game with the 49ers will be against the Rams.
He also had seven receptions for 89 yards.
Just twice this season did McCaffrey surpass 100 rushing yards in a game. He had 102 rushing yards in Week 2 against the New York Giants.
He followed that up the very next weekend worj his best performance of the season thus far. He had 108 rushing yards against the New Orleans Saints.
Before the trade, McCaffrey had 85 carries for 393 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 33 receptions for 277 yards and one touchdown.
McCaffrey goes from a team, who is dead-last with a 1-5 mark in the NFC South. Now, he has something to play for, as the 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and the Rams are 3-3 in the NFC West.
Wilson leads the 49ers backs with 81 carries for 400 yards. Hw also has two rushing touchdowns.© 2007-2022 The Capital Sports Report. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcasted, rewritten, or redistributed.