Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey needs to weigh options

(Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM ) Christian McCaffrey
(Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM ) Christian McCaffrey /

The Carolina Panthers running back has a big decision to make.

As the Carolina Panthers organization undergoes a bit of a makeover this offseason, there is a looming fact that is hard to ignore. Running back Christian McCaffrey is going to need a new contract. He is in the final year of his rookie deal, which means he is in line for a huge payday.

Just look at how he has helps the Carolina Panthers offense. He is perhaps one of the best running backs in all of the National Football League, and he is undoubtedly the key cog that makes the offensive attack run. Not only will he be in the final year of his rookie deal, he will probably want huge money. If I’m Christian McCaffrey, it’s about more than the money to me. I want to know if the organization can win sooner rather than later.

If I am Christian McCaffrey, I want to know that there is a long-term plan for success. Let’s just consider this season alone. If the organization wants to start Will Grier or Kyle Allen at quarterback, that is certainly their right to do so. However, does that mean another wasted season in the books? Could developing those two sacrifice wins? That’s something I have to consider if I am McCaffrey. Do I want to go through another rebuild?

Alternatively, let’s say that they want to bring back Cam Newton and Newton is healthy. Does that mean that the Panthers are in a position to make some noise in the 2020 regular season and subsequently go to the playoffs? It certainly tough to predict what shape organizations will be in down the road. Football is a fast-moving game, and the National Football League is no exception. However, I would certainly ask new head coach Matt Rhule what his visions of the team are. Then, I could get a better outlook.

It will be interesting to see what the Carolina Panthers do with the contract of Christian McCaffrey. Looking at it just from his point of view, I would definitely weigh my options and see what the Carolina Panthers plans are for the future. Then, I could make a sound decision about how I want to continue my football career. At the end of the day, if I’m Christian McCaffrey, I want what’s best for me.

There is no doubt that McCaffrey loves the Carolina Panthers organization. I’m not putting him on blast or saying he is going to bolt right away. These are just things to think about. I certainly want to see how this all plays out. It will be interesting, whether the result is good or bad.