Last night, the Panthers made the biggest trade of the 2022 NFL season thus far when Carolina traded running back Christian McCaffrey to the San Francisco 49ers.
Though Carolina received multiple picks from San Francisco - a second, third and fourth-round pick in 2023 and a fifth-round pick in 2024 - the Panthers' front office reportedly looked into other trade options before sending McCaffrey to the 49ers.
Carolina general manager Scott Fitterer spoke to the media today and noted that trade talks became "complicated" after learning teams around the NFL weren't willing, or were simply unable, to provide a first-round pick for McCaffrey.
"Fitterer: Trade talks were complicated by the fact that a couple teams didn't have a first-round pick (Rams, 49ers), and those that did weren't willing to give them up," Joe Person reported Friday.
While Carolina ended up going with San Francisco's offer, the Los Angeles Rams were also reportedly willing to give up an array of draft capital and a potential player in their offer for McCaffrey.
Both the Rams and 49ers didn't have a 2023 first-round selection to offer Carolina, and it appears that the rest of the league felt a top-32 offering was too high of an asking price for the 2019 All-Pro running back.
McCaffrey is likely to make his debut for San Francisco this Sunday when the 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs.