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The Carolina Panthers may want to get out of the Christian McCaffrey industry together.
The Carolina Panthers are reportedly open to seeking a deal for Christian McCaffrey.
Joseph Person of The Athletic reports that the Panthers would “listen to offers” this offseason for their talented but often injured running back. McCaffrey was the Panthers’ No. 8 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft from Stanford. While an All-Pro in 2019, McCaffrey has been limited to just 10 games played in the last two seasons. His contract is an absolute albatross right now.
For that reason, McCaffrey’s market is not as robust as one might think. Still, here are five teams that might be interested in swapping for the former Heisman Trophy runner-up.
5 NFL teams that should consider swapping for Christian McCaffrey out of season
Who says you can not go home? Christian McCaffrey is from Mile High City
Although the Denver Broncos have much bigger problems at hand offensively in addition to the ground game, this is the team McCaffrey grew up with. His father Ed caught passes from John Elway on the pitch during his Pro Bowl career in the 1990s. A homecoming like this could excite a rabid Broncos fan base that has been waiting to cheer on a winner since winning the Super Bowl 50.
Denver may have the vacant cap room to take on McCaffrey’s burdensome contract, but the Broncos will in all likelihood end the top half of the season in a hurry. Again, they have bigger fish to fry than to bring Ed McCaffrey’s son into the equation. If general manager George Paton believes McCaffrey can help take the pressure off another new starting quarterback, then do so by all means.
In the end, the Broncos are more of a sentimental landing spot for McCaffrey than anything else.