Christian McCaffrey confirms 49ers trade: "I was thrown to the fire" 

When the San Francisco 49ers managed to acquire one of the most lethal offensive  ...

...weapons in the game last season, they sent a message to the rest of the NFL.

The Niners were able to complete a trade with the Carolina Panthers to acquire ,

great running back Christian McCaffery as they pursued a Super Bowl victory.

McCaffery had been a fan favorite with the Panthers for five and a half years,  

even though he was there at a challenging time in the team's cycle and only made the playoffs once.

He did not, however, depart on the best of terms, praising the Niners in a way that implied they were a more reliable group than Carolina. 

The move, according to McCaffery, was the "best thing that ever happened" to him at the time.