The 49ers pulled off a stunner this Thursday night by acquiring Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey in a blockbuster trade.
The Niners are paying a high price for the All-Pro back. They're giving up a total of four draft picks, including a second-, third- and fourth-round pick in 2023 and fifth-round pick in 2024.
It's an all-in move by the 49ers, who clearly have their sights set on a Super Bowl.
The only reason the Niners were able to pull this off is by the six third-round compensatory picks they were granted for losing Robert Saleh to the Jets, Mike McDaniel to the Dolphins and Martin Mayhew to the Commanders recently.
"What helped the 49ers pull off the trade for Christian McCaffrey was that they had six extra 3rd-round compensatory draft picks granted to them for losing Robert Saleh to the Jets, Mike McDaniel to the Dolphins and Martin Mayhew to the Commanders in recent off-seasons," said ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Without those compensatory picks the 49ers probably don't get this deal done. It looks like they have a few "thank you" notes to write several coaches around the League.
McCaffrey fills a major hole for the San Francisco offense. He will make an immediate impact for the NFC West franchise.