McCaffrey is the top-paid running back in the NFL in terms of average annual value, while the total value of his contract sits third. Boardroom breaks down the details of his deal.
During the 2022 NFL season, the Carolina Panthers traded the All-Pro RB to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for second, third, and fourth-round picks in 2023 and a fifth-round pick in 2024. For the Panthers, it’s just another move to rebuild. For the 49ers, they finally got a dominant back they’ve sought since the heyday of Frank Gore (2005-14).
McCaffrey has made the postseason only once in his six-year career (2017), and now he’ll have a chance to be an integral part of a serious contender. One catch for a San Fran team shuffling through injured backs: CMC hasn’t played more than seven games in a season since 2019.
With that in mind, Boardroom takes a closer look at the details behind the 49ers’ Christian McCaffrey contract.
Christian McCaffrey Contract & Salary Details
Total value: $64,063,500
Average annual value: $16,015,875 (No. 1 among NFL running backs)
Guaranteed at signing: $30,062,500
Total guaranteed money: $38,162,500
Free agency: 2026 (potential out after 2022)
Christian McCaffrey Career Earnings
CAREER BASE SALARY: $6,596,085
CAREER SIGNING BONUS: $32,179,128
WORKOUT BONUS: $400,000
RESTRUCTURE BONUS: $14,412,500
CAREER INCENTIVES: $61,550
TOTAL CAREER EARNINGS THRU 2022: $53,649,263
ESTIMATED SALARY EARNINGS THRU 2025 SEASON: $42,196,085
ESTIMATED TOTAL EARNINGS THRU 2025 SEASON: $89,849,263
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