May 27, 2022

McCaffrey trade to the Panthers sparks a national discussion

The Carolina Panthers, looking for a spark to revive their stagnant offense and struggling running game, have expressed interest in trading for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. If the trade goes through, it would give the Panthers an elite QB with whom to work alongside Cam Newton. The move also has major implications on current Panther Christian McCaffrey’s future.

Looking to snatch the Carolina Panthers from their two-game losing streak and give them a much needed push, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is reportedly being targeted by general manager Dave Gettleman. According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, both the Texans and Panthers have expressed interest in going back and forth on a trade. The hope is that Watson can inject life into a Panthers offense that largely stymied in their past two losses against the New York Giants and Washington Redskins.

While Freeman did not report on what players or draft picks would be involved in a potential deal, Christian McCaffrey’s future with the team could have a significant impact on the final arrangement. Assuming Jonathan Stewart stays with the team, McCaffrey has been frequently used as a receiving back and could be moved to accommodate Watson’s arrival. The Panthers have not given up on their 2017 first round pick just yet but if he is taken off the field for any reason, it will trigger a series of events that impact Christian McCaffrey’s fantasy line.

The addition of Deshaun Watson may not be instantaneously effective, but it does however provide the Panther offense with an added weapon at their disposal. As seen in his rookie campaign, Watson has the potential to be one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks and can help the Panthers resolve their offensive problems. Christian McCaffrey’s struggles in recent weeks have been a big part of that problem and making way for Watson’s arrival could similarly provide much needed relief to the hidden gem in Carolina.

The addition of Deshaun Watson will also impact Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey in fantasy football. The rookie quarterback is currently leading NFL quarterbacks in rushing attempts, averaging 43 carries per week and showing no signs of slowing down as the season progresses. McCaffrey’s fantasy value will take a significant hit if he slides down the depth chart and becomes more of an option as a receiving back rather than a running one. Owners must be certain to have a backup plan in place if this trade goes through.