The Panthers put a lot of faith in McCaffrey when they made him the highest-paid running back in history back in 2020. However, he has endured an injury-hit nightmare since he signed that record $64 million extension. McCaffrey barely featured for the franchise since then (via The Athletic).
It’s a shame because he has so much talent and it’s not an attitude problem. But McCaffrey’s body is letting him down and that’s not something that he can bounce back from easily. He may never be the same dependable, dynamic presence as before and will struggle to live up to Carolina’s hopes.