The San Francisco 49ers got the All-Pro running back in exchange for second, third, and fourth round picks in the 2023 NFL Draft as well as a fifth-round pick in 2024, making them the clear winners of the Christian McCaffrey trade sweepstakes. But how did the 49ers defeat teams like the “f*** them picks” Los Angeles Rams in the race to sign McCaffrey?
As observed by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the franchise made use of this crazy ticket, which they used to their advantage.
Following the departures of former defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, and vice president of player personnel Martin Mayhew, the 49ers acquired six additional compensatory third round picks, according to Schefter. This helped the team in its pursuit of a Christian McCaffrey trade.
Although their departures may have harmed the 49ers in the past, they undoubtedly contributed to the organization’s success in snagging McCaffrey. And the size of the fish the 49ers just pulled in is beyond question.
In six seasons, McCaffrey has twice surpassed 1900 scrimmage yards, shattering the NFL’s single-season receiving record for running backs and joining the elite club of players with 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards.
He is a lethal weapon. By chance, Kyle Shanahan, one of the league’s top offensive thinkers, plays for the 49ers. It appears like the fit is ideal.
That’s probably the reason the 49ers were so eager to give up future draught picks to sign a guy with such a questionable injury record.
However, McCaffrey is currently healthy, and when healthy, he is undoubtedly the league’s finest running back. Due to some excellent coaches and executives quitting, the 49ers were able to acquire him.
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