Carolina Panthers: McCaffrey makes top-50 NFL merchandise list

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has been named on the top-50 list for NFL merchandise sales by the NFLPA.

All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey made the top-25 in officially licensed NFL player products and merchandise sales, according to new figures published by the NFLPA.

McCaffrey comes in at No.23 on the list, which further highlights his popularity with the Carolina Panthers’ fanbase. He is riding on the crest of a wave this offseason after signing a new four-year extension that makes him the highest-paid running back in NFL history.

Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs tops the list after rising to superstardom in 2019. Fellow signal-caller Tom Brady is at No. 2 after recently signing a free-agent deal with the Panthers’ NFC South rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The top-five is rounded off by 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player Lamar Jackson at No. 3, with Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield at four and five respectively.

Others to make the top-ten were Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham Jr., Khalil Mack, Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle. McCaffrey is the only member of the Panthers’ on the top-50 list.

McCaffrey received a whopping $21.5 million signing bonus when he committed his future to Carolina. He will earn a base salary of $825,000 in 2020, which is fully guaranteed.

This increases considerably in 2021 when the new deal kicks in. McCaffrey is set to make a little over $8 million with full guarantees set at $7.73 million. His base salary in 2022 is $8.4 million, $8.1 million of which is guaranteed for injury at signing.

The figure becomes fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2021 league year. Over the next two seasons, McCaffrey will make $11.8 million in base salary and the final year of his contract (2025) the player is scheduled to take away $12 million.

McCaffrey’s workout bonuses with the Panthers are set at $200,000 annually, with his contract totaling $38.2 million in practical guarantees and just over $30 million guaranteed at signing.

This represents a significant financial investment by Carolina, who will now have the NFL’s most prolific dual-threat back with the organization until 2025.