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Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey to sign four-year, $64 million contract extension, per report

The extension will make Run-CMC the highest-paid running back in NFL history.

Spotrac weighs in on the contract extension:

Update 2: It’s now being reported that this is essentially a six-year contract. McCaffrey has two years left on his rookie deal, plus the four-year extension he just signed. He will become a free agent in 2025.

Update 1: For those wondering, this four-year, $64 million extension supersedes McCaffrey’s fifth-year option, so the Panthers will only have him for a minimum of five more years, not six. McCaffrey will be a free agent when he is 29 years old.

The Carolina Panthers are expected to retain the services of superstar running back Christian McCaffrey for at least another six years according to a report from ESPN insider Adam Schefter. McCaffrey is expected to sign a four-year contract extension that will average $16 million per season, making him the highest paid running back in NFL history.

This is a solid move by the Panthers that keeps their most explosive and versatile offensive weapon on the roster for the next six years. While the strategy of over-paying a running back isn’t exactly the best way to build a football team in 2020, McCaffrey is an exception to the rule because he is both an elite running back and an elite wide receiver. He’s also a pretty good punt and kick returner, though he really shouldn’t be tasked with those duties on a good football team (not that we know what one of those is at the moment).

Head coach Matt Rhule has said several times now that he likes players who are multiple, and he has probably the best multi-tool weapon in the league at his disposal for at least the next six years. I for one can’t wait to see what the future holds for McCaffrey in the new-look Panthers offense, but what about you, Panthers fans? Do you like this move? Why or why not? Let’s hear your thoughts!


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