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Panthers Reportedly Make Initial Decision On Potential Christian McCaffrey Trade

Running Back Rankings Week 9: Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey

The Carolina Panthers are moving on from head coach Matt Rhule. Now, NFL fans believe the NFC South franchise is going to sell the house and rebuild. 

Included in the mass-wide selling could be Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey. 

However, it doesn't appear that the team is planning on placing the veteran running back on the trade block. 

Currently, the Panthers aren't having any trade discussions about McCaffrey, per NFL insider Tom Pelissero.

"The #Panthers haven't had trade talks about Christian McCaffrey with the #Bills or any other team this season, per sources. Carolina already paid most of his $8.6M salary in a bonus. Every team will be working the phones the next few weeks, but nothing in the works with CMC," said Pelissero.

That may be the plan now, but it could change whenever. As the trade deadline approaches Carolina may end up changing its mind. 

The one reason the Panthers may be reluctant to trade McCaffrey now is that they have already paid his $8.6 million salary in a bonus. 

So unless Carolina wants draft capital, which is possible. retaining the veteran running back makes sense.