49ers acquire Christian McCaffrey from Panthers for multiple picks
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) runs into the defense of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (4) during an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Oct. 09, 2022, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Rusty Jones)

Christian McCaffrey is returning to the Bay Area.  The San Francisco 49ers made a high-risk, high-reward move late Thursday night, acquiring McCaffrey in a trade that sends multiple draft picks back to Carolina.

The Niners are sending the Panthers a second-round pick, third-round pick and fourth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, as well as a fifth-round pick in the 2024 Draft.

McCaffrey was a Heisman finalist at Stanford in the 2015 college football season, and was the 8th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by Carolina.

McCaffrey’s father, Ed, was a longtime NFL receiver, including a stint with the 49ers as well as with Mike Shanahan’s Denver Broncos.  Now, it’s another Shanahan-McCaffrey reunion a generation later, with Christian set to make plays in Kyle’s backfield.

The 49ers are 3-3 and host the 4-2 Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

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