Philadelphia Eagles could benefit from a potential Panthers fire sale

Brian Burns #53, Carolina Panthers (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images)
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Christian McCaffrey #22, Carolina Panthers (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

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There’s no way the Philadelphia Eagles could steal Christain McCaffrey from Carolina… right?

Every time we watch Christian Mccaffrey play football for the Carolina Panthers, we think about those memes where the Ferrari is parked in front of the rickety old house. At the risk of sounding disrespectful, this s someone who’s too good for the Panthers organization.

Part of the reason that he’s seemingly been injured for so long is Carolina has run him into the ground because they usually have no one else to rely upon for consistent offensive production. That wouldn’t be an issue in the  City of Brotherly Love.

McCaffrey could be kept fresh because the Eagles are loaded with offensive talent, meaning there’s no pressure for him to be anything other than a rotational piece.

In the Eagles’ offense, he’s the cherry on top as opposed to being the man needed to shoulder the load. That would keep him fresh, but the question is this. Even if the Birds found a way to get a deal done, how can Philly afford him? They’re teetering on 2023 cap issues as is.

Then again, though he’s proven that he may be deserving of one, Miles Sanders has yet to sign an extension. If nothing changes, he’d be a free agent in 2023. The same is true for Boston Scott.

McCaffrey is signed through the 2025 NFL season and a free agent to be in 2026, but the Panthers have a potential out after 2022. They may be willing, however, to use him as trade bait as he’s the best piece of collateral that they have (outside of Brian Burns). They just need to realize he’s injury-prone and expensive, so they may not receive everything they’re seeking.

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He’s due $19.5 million in 2023 and 2024. He’s due $15.4 million in 2025. Those are insane numbers for a tailback, so work would have to be done. Still, if Carolina seeks to rebuild and is willing to deal their best player on offense, the Eagles and several other teams are going to be interested. Contact details can be worked out later.