By STEVE REED, AP Sports Reporter
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers are considering trading 2019 All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey if they get something big in return, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday because no trade is imminent.
It’s unclear how many other NFL teams have asked about McCaffrey, who has been productive this season after missing 23 games in the previous two seasons due to various injuries.
The Panthers are 1-5 this season and are struggling to find stability at quarterback.
Earlier this week, the Panthers traded Robbie Anderson to the Arizona Cardinals for two late-round draft picks after he was embroiled in an argument with an assistant coach and sent to the locker room.
The Panthers are unlikely to have a sellout, despite having lost 12 of their last 13 games.
McCaffrey is one of the few bright spots on the offense at No. 32 in the league.
He has 670 scrimmage yards, which ranks him fourth in the NFL behind only Saquon Barkley, Tyreek Hill and Nick Chubb. McCaffrey and Chubb are the only players in the league with five games with at least 100 scrimmage yards.
McCaffrey said Wednesday he was trying to stay focused on Sunday’s game even as trade rumors swirled around the 2017 first-round pick.
“It’s out of my control,” McCaffrey said. “I try to control everything I can control. Right now I’m a Carolina Panther and I’m giving this place my all.
When asked if he would like to be kept up to date on trade negotiations, McCaffrey replied, “If they keep me up to date, great. Otherwise it does not matter. For me, I’m focused on playing the Bucs this weekend and doing everything I can to prepare for them.
McCaffrey did not practice on Wednesday as it is his normal rest day.
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