Christian McCaffrey is one of the stars of the San Francisco 49ers’ offense and had an incredible season (not quite over yet) that's built him a massive net worth and landed him a nomination for league MVP this year.
"One thing this week has taught me is, the individual awards and all the individual accolades that you get are great, but there's nothing bigger than the Super Bowl," McCaffrey said, as reported by NFL.com.
He continued, "I'm extremely grateful for those, and I don't take them lightly, and I don't take them for granted, but to have an opportunity to play in the Super Bowl is the biggest thing on the planet, and I think it's what this whole game is about. So I think that's what's really special."
McCaffrey is only in his second year with the 49ers but is proving to be a very valuable acquisition. Here’s a look at where he got his start and how much he’s making as an NFL running back.
Who is Christian McCaffrey's dad?
Unsurprisingly, McCaffrey is not the only athletic wonder in his family. His dad is Ed McCaffrey, a former NFL wide receiver who played for the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos in the ‘90s and early 2000s.
His dad is also no stranger to the big game. The elder McCaffrey won three Super Bowls—one with Steve Young’s 49ers and two with John Elway’s Broncos. After his final Super Bowl win in 1999, a 2-year-old Christian McCaffrey could be seen sprinting across the confetti-laden field to congratulate Ed.
Now, Christian McCaffrey is carrying on his dad’s legacy with a team they both know well. “Even though I didn’t grow up in San Francisco, it feels like home to me,” Christian told The Athletic. “All the names that are in our building are the same names that I remember my dad would say, and it’s just the next generation of them. It is really cool to be able to go to work with all of those guys, knowing that we’re cut from the same cloth.”
Where did Christian McCaffrey go to college?
McCaffrey played college football at Stanford University, where he still holds a few records. These include the NCAA individual record for most all-purpose yards in a season, with 3,864, and most all-purpose plays in a season, with 434.
What is Christian McCaffrey's net worth in 2024?
In 2024, Christian McCaffrey has an estimated net worth of $30 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. While this doesn’t make him one of the richest NFL players, he is among the richest running backs.
Is Christian McCaffrey the highest-paid running back in the NFL?
Although every contract is structured differently, McCaffrey is considered the highest-paid running back in the NFL with an average annual value (AAV) of just over $16 million. He’s followed by Alvin Kamara ($15 million), Jonathan Taylor ($14 million) and Derrick Henry ($12.5 million), per Spotrac.
How long was McCaffrey with the Panthers?
McCaffrey was selected as the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers and ended up playing there for five-and-a-half seasons.
He was successful for the Panthers, even signing a four-year contract extension in 2020 worth $64 million. But in 2022, Carolina decided it needed more cap space and draft picks to rebuild its struggling team, so it traded McCaffrey to the 49ers midway through the season.
How did the 49ers get McCaffrey?
In October 2022, the 49ers traded the Panthers four draft picks for McCaffrey—2023 second, third and fourth-round picks, and a 2024 fifth-round pick. McCaffrey had already restructured his deal with the Panthers earlier in the year, lowering his base salary below $1 million and making him an affordable acquisition for teams who had their eye on him.
"Kyle and I both felt like Christian's a guy who can unlock this offense," 49ers general manager John Lynch told ESPN in January 2023. "We were already really good. But this could be a difference-maker."
What is Christian McCaffrey's contract with the 49ers?
McCaffrey’s contract with the 49ers awards him about $11.8 million in base salary per year. In 2023, his contract was restructured to free up some cap space, which lowered his base salary to $1.08 million—but the rest came in the form of a $10.7 million signing bonus.
In 2024, he’s scheduled to make his $11.8 million in base salary but will likely earn more with bonuses.
What does McCaffrey make on endorsement deals?
According to Forbes’ most recent estimate, McCaffrey makes about $3 million per year in endorsements, although this number has very likely gone up with his recent success in the playoffs. He’s inked deals with brands such as Nike, Bose, Pepsi and USAA.
How long is Christian McCaffrey's 49ers contract?
McCaffrey’s current contract with the 49ers goes through the 2025 season.
What did McCaffrey sell his house for?
McCaffrey, who used to play for the Carolina Panthers, owned a mansion in Charlotte, North Carolina, until early this year when he decided to sell. The property had six bedrooms, seven-and-a-half bathrooms and included 500 feet of lakefront complete with a boat dock. He listed it for a stunning $12.5 million.
Does McCaffrey get a bonus for winning the Super Bowl?
Like his teammates, McCaffrey will receive a bonus of $164,000 if the 49ers win Super Bowl LVIII. If they lose, he’ll still get $89,000 in bonus money, according to Bleacher Report.