Christian McCaffrey is heading out west.
In a blockbuster surprise trade, the Carolina Panthers have sent the running back to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for draft picks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. McCaffrey has 393 rushing yards and two touchdowns this season, to go along with 277 receiving yards and a touchdown.
The Panthers have had a disastrous start to the season at 1-5, while the 3-3 49ers are in a three-way tie for the NFC West title with the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks. McCaffrey, who spent time in the Bay Area during his college career at Stanford, could make a significant impact in what could be a close-fought race.
The deal made waves on social media, and the NFL’s best expressed their surprise.
— George Kittle (@gkittle46) October 21, 2022
Crazy Business. 😬 https://t.co/w84bNVeHAm
— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) October 21, 2022
Wait You lien right??? https://t.co/vDArTsDAXD
— Wu (@CALLME_WOOD) October 21, 2022
— DeMarcus Lawrence (@TankLawrence) October 21, 2022
Amazing. Fired up. CMC is going to be DYNAMIC in this offense!! Let’s GO!!!!
— Joe Staley (@jstaley74) October 21, 2022
Thank God 🙏🏾 https://t.co/2Lf2tl3pHE
— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) October 21, 2022
— Tyrell Crosby (@Tyrellcrosby) October 21, 2022
This a Win for the 49ers! This Offense is perfect for CMac! 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/vzsmPluMRn
— Tre Boston (@TreBos10) October 21, 2022