Christian McCaffrey signs rookie deal with Panthers
The team announced on Thursday that they have signed the running back to a four-year contract with a fifth-year option. McCaffrey’s rookie deal is worth $17.2 million and includes a $10.7 million signing bonus, a source informed of the deal told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
McCaffrey, selected eight overall, is the first pick from the 2017 NFL Draft to sign a contract.
Cam Newton’s new weapon is a perfect fit for the Panthers’ new offense. Earlier this week offensive coordinator Mike Shula told The MMQB’s Peter King getting the flexibility in the backfield will make Newton’s life easier.
“In the Super Bowl, how many passes do you think Tom Brady threw to his backs? Mostly completed, right?” Shula said. “So maybe sometimes it turns into just a four-yard gain. But I’ll take a four-yard gain,” Shula told King. “…They’re glorified runs sometimes, but they work and it doesn’t matter what you call them.”
McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders’ single-season all-purpose yards record by racking up 3,864 yards in 2015. That season, he was the Associated Press Player of the Year, a consensus All-American and a Heisman Trophy finalist.
The team announced it waived safety Tre Boston on Tuesday.
Boston, a fourth-round pick in 2014, earned double-digit starts for the first time in his career last season, compiling 53 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and seven passes defended. Boston was given a chance to hang onto the starting gig last season, but didn’t progress as a consistent backstop and was reportedly jerseys cheap shopped in trade talks this nfl jerseys wholesale offseason.
Parting ways with the 24-year-old Boston comes after Carolina added veteran safety Mike Adams in free agency.
After a few workouts, they believe the 37-year-old looks just as good as the last time he was in Carolina — back in 2009.
“Julius looks like he did seven years ago when I had the first opportunity to coach him,” defensive line coach Eric Washington told the team’s official site. “He still looks like he’s a dynamic player. The combination of his size and the ability to move — I don’t see a lot that’s changed with him. He’s aged extremely well.”
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Peppers has said that he doesn’t consider this season a farewell tour. After posting 18 sacks over his last two seasons in Green Bay, it’s easy to see why. Like Tom Brady, Drew Brees and James Harrison, Peppers has somehow discovered the key code for the fountain of youth and doesn’t seem to be expecting the Derek Jeter stadium-by-stadium goodbye.
The Panthers also seem interested in leaning heavily on Peppers. This year’s draft went by without much attention paid to the two defensive end anchor spots, currently held down by Peppers and 30-year-old Charles Johnson jersey. Perhaps the hope is that 2017 third-round pick Daeshon Hall picks up some good habits.
Harrison’s recent success makes whatever Peppers is about to accomplish slightly less surprising — but not less incredible. A first-ballot Hall of Famer, Peppers has relied on incredible preparation and technique throughout his career. Maybe that was most recognizable to Washington after all these years.