Panthers listen to Christian McCaffrey trade offers

The Carolina Panthers are listening to other teams about a potential trade for the star running back Christian McCaffreyalthough a deal may not be easy to reach, league sources have told ESPN.

The Panthers rejected requests from at least two teams to trade McCaffrey last week and will continue to reject openings they don’t consider to be significant offers, sources say.

Listening barely means the team takes care of McCaffrey. If the Panthers don’t get what they think is a real offer — with a high draft pick or multiple picks — they’re adamant they’ll keep McCaffrey past the NFL’s Nov. 1 trade deadline. sources told ESPN.

What makes the 26-year-old McCaffrey so attractive to other teams – aside from his talent – is his contract situation. In the spring, the former Pro Bowler lowered his base salary for the 2022 season to just $1.035 million, meaning any team that acquires him in a trade would have no problem moving his contract under his salary cap.

McCaffrey’s base salary goes up next season to $11.8 million, but any team that trades for him might understand how they want to handle his contract in the offseason.

The biggest hurdle to completing a trade with McCaffrey would be persuading the Panthers to leave a marquee player they are willing to carry until next season at full salary if they don’t receive a suitable offer. before the deadline.

Carolina is expected to have only four selections in the 2023 NFL Draft: its own picks in the first, second, fourth and fifth rounds. The Panthers’ third- and sixth-round picks belong to the patriots from Stephen Gilmore trade in October 2021, and their seventh-round pick went to jaguars in August as part of the wide receiver deal Laviska Shenault Jr..

Carolina doesn’t seem willing to trade defensive mainstays Derrick Brown and Brian Burns despite the interest around the league.

One player the Panthers are willing to move, sources say, is a wide receiver Robbie Anderson, who played for former head coach Matt Rhule at Temple. The Panthers have had conversations with other teams about Anderson, and he remains a strong potential candidate for the deadline trade.

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