Wide receiver Max McCaffrey will miss the first four games of the season with a suspension, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (Twitter link).
McCaffrey, the brother of Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, was cut by the 49ers last week. The suspension explains “why he’s still free” Rapoport notes. Despite being only 24-years-old, McCaffrey has already reached journeyman status, spending time with six different teams during his brief time in the league.
McCaffrey signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent after finishing his college career at Duke, but was released before the start of the 2016 season. He then was signed by the Packers, spending time on both their practice squad and active roster. In 2017, he was with the Saints, Jaguars, and Packers again before the 49ers were impressed enough with him to sign him to a two-year deal off the Packers’ practice squad.
McCaffrey’s suspension very likely played a role in his release by San Francisco, as did a foot injury he’s still recovering from. It’s unclear what the suspension is for, although it seems likely it’s due to a substance abuse policy violation. He should latch on somewhere after his suspension is completed.
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