Christian McCaffrey is officially a Carolina Panther.

The team announced on Thursday that they have signed the running back to a four-year contract with a fifth-year option. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

McCaffrey, selected eight overall, is the first pick from the 2017 NFL Draft to sign a contract.


Cam Newton‘s new weapon is a perfect fit for the Panthers‘ new offense. Earlier this week offensive coordinator Mike Shula told The MMQB’s Peter King getting the flexibility in the backfield will make Newton’s life easier.

“In the Super Bowl, how many passes do you think Tom Brady threw to his backs? Mostly completed, right?” Shula said. “So maybe sometimes it turns into just a four-yard gain. But I’ll take a four-yard gain,” Shula told King. “…They’re glorified runs sometimes, but they work and it doesn’t matter what you call them.”

McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders’ single-season all-purpose yards record by racking up 3,864 yards in 2015. That season, he was the Associated Press Player of the Year, a consensus All-American and a Heisman Trophy finalist.

The Panthers also signed second-round pick tackle Taylor Moton and sixth-round pick fullback Alex Armah.

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