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Look: Christian McCaffrey Says Goodbye To Panthers In Heartfelt Post

Running Back Rankings Week 9: Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey is returning to the Bay Area. 

The 26-year-old NFL star was traded to the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night. It ends his tenure with the Panthers of Carolina. 

McCaffrey officially said his goodbyes to Carolina and its fans with a heartfelt post on social media Friday morning. 

"I’m forever grateful for all of the people who have helped make these past 5 1/2 years so special for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Carolina, I will always love you #KeepPounding," said McCaffrey on Twitter.

A classy goodbye from one of the NFL's top running backs. He will be sorely missed in Carolina. 

The Panthers, meanwhile, are entering a full rebuild. They are stockpiling draft picks and may not be done making trades. Expect a few more deals in the coming weeks. 

McCaffrey now heads to San Francisco where he figures to become a focal point of the 49ers offense.