Scott Fitterer: There’s no intentions right now of trading Christian McCaffrey

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Back before the trading deadline, there were rumors that the Panthers were shopping running back Christian McCaffrey.

Some of those rumors were just that, as Carolina never considered offering McCaffrey as part of a trade to acquire Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.

The Panthers concluded their third five-win season in a row — and second under head coach Matt Rhule — on Sunday. General Manager Scott Fitterer told reporters on Monday that he talked with McCaffrey about those rumors, noting that the team isn’t actively shopping him.

“We sat there 30, 45 minutes and we addressed all those things,” Fitterer said. “I told him what was the truth and what was not the truth, and kind of everything that played out. I think there was a report back in November that we were actively trying to trade him and that was not true. What I did tell him, though, is hey, listen, as a G.M. I’ll take any call. Call and make any offer you want. That doesn’t mean we’re going to do it. That doesn’t mean we’re shopping you. I’ll listen.

“I look at Christian as a foundation piece of this team, one of those building blocks. We’re a better team when he’s on the field. He’s one of the elite players in the NFL. I would love for him to be here, but I will never not take a call. If somebody calls and offers something crazy, yeah, you would look at it. There’s no intentions right now of trading Christian McCaffrey.”

McCaffrey has played only 10 games in the last two seasons due to various injuries. In 2021, he recorded 785 yards from scrimmage on 136 touches with a pair of touchdowns. McCaffrey did not play after the Week 12 loss to Miami, but the club was 4-3 in games where he was on the field.

In 2019, McCaffrey became only the third player in league history to record 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season.

12 responses to “Scott Fitterer: There’s no intentions right now of trading Christian McCaffrey

  1. Trading for this guy would be like purchasing a car that spends 8 months of every year at the auto repair shop and is unusable when you need it most

  2. translation… wink wink we would trade you for more than fair value which is a fifth rounder based on your contract and injury history

  3. I know that it is debatable, but I consider him the best RB when healthy. Because he catches passes, I’ll put him above D Henry and N Chubb. He is what Zeke and Barkley should have become but haven’t. I only see Kamara and Cook on his level

  4. Carolina could trade him, they would just have to pay some of his salary to the team they would trade with.Look the Jets, Jaguars, Falcons, Bears, Lions, Vikings they are still in operation, so there are plenty of teams you can trade McCaffrey to.

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