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.