The Carolina Panthers are listening to other teams about a possible business deal to bring the stars back Christian McCaffreyCompleting the deal may not be easy, league sources tell ESPN.
The Panthers rejected at least two teams’ inquiries about trading in favor of McCaffrey last week and will continue to reject offers they do not consider significant offers, according to sources.
Listening doesn’t mean the team is dealing with McCaffrey. If the Panthers don’t receive what they feel is a real offer — with a high draft pick or multiple picks — they are adamant they will keep McCaffrey past the NFL’s November 1 trade deadline, sources told ESPN.
What makes McCaffrey, 26, so attractive to other teams – apart from his talent – is his contract status. During the spring, the former Pro Bowler cut his base salary for the 2022 season to just $1.035 million – meaning any team that takes him on a deal would have no problems pressing his contract under his salary cap.
McCaffrey’s base salary jumps again next season to $11.8 million, but any team he trades with can tell how they want to handle their contract during the break.
The biggest obstacle to completing the McCaffrey deal will be persuading the Panthers to move on from a top player they are willing to transfer to next season at full salary if they do not receive a suitable offer by the deadline.
Carolina is set to have just four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft: her own picks in the first, second, fourth and fifth rounds. The Panthers’ third- and sixth-round picks belong to the Patriots of Stefon Gilmore Trade in October 2021, and their seventh-round pick went to the Jaguars in August as part of a wide receiver deal Lavisca Shino Jr..
A single player who is open to moving, according to sources, is a wide receiver Robbie Anderson, who played for former coach Matt Rolle at Temple. The Panthers have been in talks with other teams about Anderson, and he remains a potential strong commercial candidate for the deadline.
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