After sacking head coach Matt Rhule at the beginning of Week 6, the Carolina Panthers will undergo significant upheaval throughout the summer.
Before the end of the year, star running back Christian McCaffrey may have to pack his belongings. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said Saturday that McCaffrey is receiving the most attention from teams, and the running back was questioned about his future on Wednesday.
Not surprisingly, McCaffrey had little to say.
“Please keep this away from me. This is beyond my control “McCaffrey stated, according to The Athletic. “Attempting to manage everything I can manage… Right now I’m a Carolina Panther and giving my all to this place.”
In 2019, McCaffrey’s final season of substantial impact, he broke the 1,000-yard barrier in both receiving and running yards. He has been nothing short of a model employee for the Panthers. Since then, McCaffrey’s aspirations of continuing to play a significant role in the Panthers’ plans have often been dashed by injuries.
Through six weeks of the 2022 season, the running back has avoided significant injuries, but the Panthers’ administrative issues have diminished his potential to lead the club to success. McCaffrey has averaged 4.6 yards per rush and has caught 33 catches for 277 yards and one score, but his contributions haven’t really mattered since the Panthers’ offense is mired in mediocrity.
Other NFL clubs have obviously called to see whether McCaffrey is available because Rhule and those close to him on his staff have left. While Carolina is not aggressively shopping McCaffrey as his former teammate Robbie Anderson is, general manager Scott Fitterer has stated that he will for any prospective deal.
According to Rapoport, it would take a sizable offer to peel McCaffrey away from Carolina. But there will at least be conversations.
McCaffrey will continue to be questioned about it as long as those conversations go on. Though he is unconcerned with whether the team informs him of such discussions.
“Great if they keep me informed. If not, it makes no difference “stated McCaffrey. Like I mentioned, my current attention is on facing the Buccaneers this week, and I’m doing everything I can to be ready for that game.
The Panthers may still make moves
According to Rapoport, Fitterer is still the GM at Carolina, so a full-blown fire sale is not anticipated there. Despite everything. As a result, McCaffrey’s name will continue to be spoken about until the trade deadline on November 1.