Christian McCaffrey is going to miss some considerable time for the Carolina Panthers, but could they bring in a free-agent to fill the void?
The Carolina Panthers suffered their worst-case scenario as star running back Christian McCaffrey is set for a considerable spell on the sidelines.
An MRI revealed the extend of the All-Pro’s ankle injury, which is expected to sideline him for anywhere between 4-6 weeks. Everything that can go wrong seems to be doing so for the Carolina Panthers during the early stages of the season and not having their face of the franchise on the field as they search for an elusive first victory is a crushing blow.
McCaffrey has built an iron man reputation having not missed a regular-season game since he was drafted. How ironic it is that the player has now suffered the biggest injury of his professional career just a few short months after he signed a lucrative four-year, $64 million deal that included a $21 million signing bonus and $38 million guaranteed.
This does not exactly help the argument that NFL teams should pay their running backs the going rate. With Marlon Mack and Saquon Barkley also falling victim to season-ending injuries since the campaign began another indication of how quickly things can turn south for those at the position.
The Panthers have the likes of Mike Davis, Trenton Cannon, and Reggie Bonnafon to possibly come in and fill the void. But they also possess around $7 million in salary-cap space should the decision-makers opt to bring in another veteran from the free-agent market.
Let’s take a look at four players who might warrant consideration if the Panthers choose to go in this particular direction.