Panthers give Christian McCaffrey big extension

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Panthers coach Matt Rhule said last week he considered Christian McCaffrey more than just a running back.

It’s a good thing, because he’s now paying him like a couple of players.

PFT has confirmed that the Panthers are signing their versatile back to a four-year extension worth $16 million a year, which makes him the highest-paid back in the league.

Ezekiel Elliott previously held that claim with $14.5 million per year on the new four years of his extension with the Cowboys last fall.

In addition to securing one of their top players (2,392 combined yards from scrimmage last year), it’s also a statement of intent for a Panthers team largely viewed as rebuilding under their first year coach.

“To label him a tailback, that’s not respectful to him. He’s a tailback-slash-wideout. He can do it all — returner,” Rhule said last week. “So I’m anxious to get him out there, I’m anxious to continue to build this thing around him. I think he’s going to be a special player for us. But contracts and all that stuff, Marty [Hurney, their General Manager], I know he handles those things.”

With McCaffrey, wide receivers D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson, and new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Panthers have a chance to have a competent offense.

The other side of the ball is another question, and Rhule may need to rely on his Big 12 background in high-scoring games.

59 responses to “Panthers give Christian McCaffrey big extension

  1. Better to pay him now at age 23. Will start to see a drop off at 25 and will be a 3rd down back after this contract.

  2. I hope it works out but he’s already played a ton for his short career and I’m worrying in a couple years he’s going to be the next David Johnson being shuffled off to save some cap dollars.

  3. Great player, terrible contract. Panthers will regret this sooner rather than later. As do most teams that give a RB top dollar. See Gurley, Devonta Freeman most recently. Chargers were smart with Melvin Gordon. Carolina hasn’t learned anything.

  4. Perhaps the most dynamic RB the NFL has seen in years. So he’ll be traded to the Redskins in two years for a 5th round pick? Sound right?

  5. With McCaffrey, wide receivers D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson, and new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Panthers have a chance to have a competent offense.

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    By competent I hope you mean they can score at least 35 per game. The defense only got worse…a D that gave up 31 rushing TD’s (think that’s top 5 worst in league history)

  6. Interested to see the terms of the deal, ie what he’s actually guaranteed and when. The structure of these contracts matters much more than the numbers agents leak to the press.

  7. Interesting that all the talking heads and so-called “football” people yell “sell” on the the RB’s but Gurley, Elliott, Henry (Franchise Tag) and McCaffrey had no problems getting theirs…

  8. You can’t teach speed. This was a smart move by both parties. By the end of his contract $16 million dollars will look like a bargain (I can’t believe I just wrote that) but know he’s got a contract that will keep him under contract as they rebuild. I just need to see what the guaranteed money is but I have a feeling it wasn’t chump change.

  9. This is why you don’t draft a glorified scatback in the top 10. Nice player, but he’s going to get hurt here at some point.

    Horrible market value. Absolutely horrible. Why these GMs keep not learning how to do it, is beyond me.

  10. Smart franchises don’t pay running backs – they trade them to dumb franchises for multiple picks.

  11. You could get maybe 80-85% of the production from a fresh legged rookie on a rookie contract and who didn’t just get over used by 100+ snaps last year.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid signing (of a great man and talented RB).

  12. Good for McCaffrey, he’s very deserving of his new contract. I hope he has a great season.

  13. Looks like it is almost time for someone to cleanup Hurney’s mess again. Isn’t overpaying homegrown talent why he got fired the first time?

  14. This is how you should manage RB workloads and contracts. Run them hard, early and often then pay them while they’re still young and still barely out of their rookie deal. It keeps them happy and you know you’re paying top dollar while they still have tread on the tires, young and less of a risk.
    Sure there’s the exceptions like Gurley with the knee, but better than forking out a huge contract for a guy in their late 20s in FA.

  15. Love Kamara, but if he looks for anything close to this ridiculousness then please trade him!

  16. Man, do the Vikings pay anywhere near that for Dalvin Cook? CM is a fantastic player and more valuable than cook. I’d say play out his present contract, let him sign elsewhere and take the comp pick for another cheap back.

  17. They can afford it…cap keeps going up every year to ridiculous levels…the REAL lousy contract was Zeke with cowboys…dude lost a step 2 seasons ago…and he ws never fast to begin with.

    CM has 5 more years as a difference maker if he avoids ACL…regular NFL pounding catches up to everyone but hell be close to 30 when it does and he might even be a Daren Sproles in phase 2 of career.

    To think Jags could have picked him over Leonard Fournette..another Zeke type overweight burn out early type.

  18. Some RBs are more productive than most WRs in the league. More touches, more yardage, more TDs. Why shouldn’t they get more money?

  19. If McCaffrey is setting RB yardage records, the Panthers aren’t going anywhere. Teddy Bridgwater was the most conservative QB in the league last year with his average distance of pass 3 yards past the line scrimmage.

    I see a lot of McCaffrey highlights in the Panthers future, but not a lot of wins. I can’t imagine DJ Moore will want to resign with Bridgewater as QB as he won’t see much action.

  20. CMC signing for 64M is good. 1k yard rusher AND 1k receiver.

    None of these players line up at RB but they get paid more/ touch the ball less than CMC per game

    Michael Thomas 100M
    Amari Cooper 100M
    Deandre Hopkins 81M
    Odell Beckham 95M
    Stefon Diggs 72M
    Mike Evans 82.5M

  21. BuckyBadger says:
    April 13, 2020 at 4:18 pm
    Better to pay him now at age 23. Will start to see a drop off at 25 and will be a 3rd down back after this contract.

    Suppose that is based on your career in the NFL.

    Several backs did just fine after 23. 25. And 30. Some backs hold records because they lasted that long. Maybe we see his contribution to the game before we bring our collective wisdom into the game.

  22. Wow. If anyone deserves that much money at RB, it’s McCaffrey. But that’s way more money than I’d pay for a RB simply because they are in harm’s way so much.

  23. EZ is prepping for a holdout, since he is “the best player in the league” … oh wait, maybe it’s Dak.

  24. He is the best player on the roster but paying RB has never worked out. Good luck Panthers.

  25. harshestreality says:
    April 13, 2020 at 4:47 pm
    Interesting that all the talking heads and so-called “football” people yell “sell” on the the RB’s but Gurley, Elliott, Henry (Franchise Tag) and McCaffrey had no problems getting theirs…

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    Yes and all of these players really play on teams that are well run and have won super bowls.

    dalvin cook up next set to destroy the vikes unless spielman wisely trades him now

  26. Top teams don’t overpay RBs, no matter how talented. Enjoy the cellar of the NFCS for the next few years Panthers fans.

  27. Good for him…and Good on the Panthers for getting ahead of Alvin Kamara’s extension…

    At this rate…Christian only has to play another 15 years to even sniff Emmitt Smith’s records…4000+ carries…? #Untouchable

  28. ezpkns34 says:
    April 13, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    8M a year for their top RB and 8M a year for their top receiver
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    Excellent point. Plus, an open roster spot.

  29. The Bengals, Bills, Browns, Cardinals, Chargers, Falcons, Jaguars, Lions, Panthers, Texans, Titans and Vikings have NOT won a Super Bowl in their history.

    Its pretty safe to say with moves like this the Panthers are determine NOT to break away from that Group anytime soon. You would think that the Superbowl we just had with the Chiefs & 49ers would serve as a reminder that you don’t need an EXPENSIVE back to get you to the Dance since any SERVICEABLE back/ Committee would do just fine.

    Also why on Earth would any GM pay 9/ 15 million+ to a positon that when you get down on the scoreboard they pretty much become OBSOLETE since you are now force to pass the ball.

  30. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    April 13, 2020 at 7:23 pm
    Good for him…and Good on the Panthers for getting ahead of Alvin Kamara’s extension…

    At this rate…Christian only has to play another 15 years to even sniff Emmitt Smith’s records…4000+ carries…? #Untouchable
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    Christian has already surpassed 13 years of Emmitt Smiths receiving yards.

  31. Am I missing something? Everyone pissing and moaning about RBs getting paid…1005 of those yards where receiving yards! Blew em all away. Plenty of receivers dream of 1000 yard seasons but aint got the giblets to go across the middle, much less run between the tackles. This kid does…

  32. Getoffmylawn! says:
    April 13, 2020 at 9:14 pm
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    my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    April 13, 2020 at 7:23 pm
    Good for him…and Good on the Panthers for getting ahead of Alvin Kamara’s extension…

    At this rate…Christian only has to play another 15 years to even sniff Emmitt Smith’s records…4000+ carries…? #Untouchable
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    Christian has already surpassed 13 years of Emmitt Smiths receiving yards.
    OK, Not quite yet but he will in the next season. Emmitt was special but not the most versatile back like you need today.
    Christian will not reach 4,000 carries for sure.

  33. savagestarlight says:
    April 13, 2020 at 6:09 pm
    Some RBs are more productive than most WRs in the league. More touches, more yardage, more TDs. Why shouldn’t they get more money?

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    Because they get hit a lot more and get injured more because of the risks at their position.

  34. All the commenters claiming “They could get 80% of his production from a draft pick” have clearly never watched CMC play football. McCaffrey is an elite NFL RB and due to his versatility, he’s nearly impossible to gameplan for. He’s an Offensive Coordinator’s dream because he can lineup anywhere and make plays. There’s always risk paying RB’s big money, but this guy is worth it.

  35. I would pay a RB like CMC 16 million a season before I pay any QB 30 million a season

  36. tylawspick6 says:
    April 13, 2020 at 5:01 pm
    This is why you don’t draft a glorified scatback in the top 10. Nice player, but he’s going to get hurt here at some point.

    Horrible market value. Absolutely horrible. Why these GMs keep not learning how to do it, is beyond me.

    At least the Panthers have the available cap space to pay him. Your genius GM has the Patriots in such a predicament that they won’t even have enough money to pay 4-5 rookies or sign a kicker without unloading Stephon Gilmore. And even then they will be going into the season with Jarrett Stidham as their starting QB!!!!

  37. He will get a TON of touches with Checkdown Teddy under center. If I’m the opposing D coordinator I take CM out of his game and dare others to beat me.

  38. vikingdoode says:
    April 13, 2020 at 6:17 pm
    That means about the same for Cook in Minnesota, if not less

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    As an actual Viking fan, I like Cook fine. But, he hasn’t been able to stay consistently healthy, and is not the game breaker that McCaffrey is. I am sure Cook thinks he is, and it will lead to conflict between him and the team. So, while this deal makes sense for Carolina (especially only 4 seasons), a similar deal for Cook would be a foolish move by Minnesota.

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