Carolina Panthers have 'no intention at all' of trading Christian McCaffrey, GM Scott Fitterer says


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The Carolina panthers have no intention of trading star player Christian McCaffrey, but are open to using him more as a slot receiver.

The general manager said that there was a report in November that the team was trying to trade him. I told him that I would take any call. Call and make an offer.

That doesn't mean we'll do it. That doesn't mean we're shopping you. Christian is a foundation piece on the team. We're a better team when he's on the field. He's one of the best players in the league.

Since Matt Rhule was hired in 2020, injuries have been a problem. He has played in only 10 games. He missed 10 of 17 games this past season due to injuries, including a left ankle injury in Week 12.

When Joe Brady was fired in December, he and Matt Rhule talked about using Christian McCaffrey more as a slot receiver, but it never happened because the eighth pick of the draft was injured early.

"Unfortunately he was out in Game 3, but we started that path,'' Rhule said. I'm looking for an offensive system that uses Christian McCaffrey and doesn't pigeonhole him. He is one of the best players in football.

Rhule said that his new offensive couthing will have a say in how he is used. The Carolinas are interested in former Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, as well as former Washington and Los Angeles Rams head coach Kevin O'Connell, according to Adam Schefter.

"Christian brings thatVersatility, so that's one of those things as we talk to the coordinators, how do you plan on using him?" Rhule said. That's what I'm looking for.

The slot 16 of In his first season under Brady and Rhule, McCaffrey lined up there twice.

He only lined up in the slot once this season. He lined up in the backfield 135 times in 2021, compared to three wide receiver times and one slot.

Rhule made it clear that the idea of using more of the slot was not related to trying to protect him from injury.

Rhule said that he was put in the slot to get a match up.

The running backs of Chuba Hubbard and Ameer Abdullah can be utilized more with Christian McCaffrey on the field. Much of Brady's offense was built around him.

Rhule wants to have a diverse offense that doesn't run through just one person.

When asked if he would benefit from playing more slot, he said no.

He left open the possibility of easing into his workouts and not being in top shape when the workouts begin.

In the first 12 weeks of the off-season, players who have had success are told to relax. Being active, but relaxing.

I always want to show up ready to go in the OTAs, and trained for them, if that makes sense, and I tried to show up at full speed ready to roll.

The two reasons why Fitterer and Rhule aren't looking to trade their star are his competitive nature and unique talent.

Rhule expects Christian to be here next year. I want Christian to be healthy again.