It has long been expected that the Bears would part with the top pick in this year’s draft. They have reportedly done so, shipping the No. 1 selection to the Panthers for a package including multiple first-rounders (Twitter link via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport).
The full compensation coming Chicago’s way, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter) is as follows: picks No. 9 and 61 in 2023, the Panthers’ first-round pick in 2024, their second-rounder in 2025 and receiver D.J. Moore. That will make this deal a franchise-altering one for both parties, as the Bears acquire substantial draft capital along with a proven No. 1 wideout, while the Panthers will have a prime opportunity to land a long-term option at the quarterback position.
Bears GM Ryan Poles has been consistent in his praise of quarterback Justin Fields, leaving the door wide open to a move down the board. He said upon learning that Chicago had the top selection (rather than the QB-needy Texans, who will pick second) that he would need to be “blown away” by this year’s class of passers to consider staying at No. 1 and replacing Fields. The latter took a step forward in terms of production, particularly on the ground, in 2022, but questions remain about his potential as a passer. The Bears are clearly staying true to their commitment to him in 2023 and beyond.
Only twice in the 21st century has the top selection been traded, and a No. 1 pick has never been dealt in the month of March. Poles recently hinted at that being a possibility, and it has now come to fruition. Rapoport adds that part of the reason this blockbuster is taking place now is the Bears’ desire to land Moore prior to free agency opening next week (Twitter link).
The 2018 first-rounder immediately established himself as a focal point of the Panthers’ passing attack, recording three consecutive seasons of 1,100+ receiving yards from 2019-21. He has been targeted at least 118 times in all but his rookie campaign, and scored 21 touchdowns across his five seasons in the league (including a career-high seven in 2022). Moore, 25, is under contract through 2025 with scheduled cap hits of over $20MM in each of the next three years.
The Maryland alum’s base salaries (ranging from $14.85MM to $19.965MM) could turn out to be money well spent for the Bears, a team which has been in dire need of a true impact-making wideout to unlock Fields’ potential. They traded for N’Keal Harry and Chase Claypool from the Patriots and Steelers, respectively, in 2022, though neither young pass-catcher was able to put up significant numbers in their time in the Windy City. Moore will slot atop the WR depth chart and increase expectations dramatically for Fields and Co. in his third NFL season.
The Panthers were one of many teams thought to be in the market for a significant addition at the quarterback position this offseason. The draft has long been considered their preferred route to find a legitimate Cam Newton successor; this deal will give them that opportunity. Rather than jockeying with teams like the Texans, Raiders and Colts in the top-10, Carolina will jump to the front of the line and have their pick of the lot amongst the 2023 QB class.
Alabama’s Bryce Young is generally regarded as the top signal-caller available this year. The 2021 Heisman winner has drawn plenty of questions about his frame and build with respect to withstanding NFL contact, but his production across the past two seasons makes him an appealing prospect. Young was at the Combine for measurements, but did not take part in drills, unlike other high-end signal callers C.J. Stroud, Will Levis and Anthony Richardson.
The Panthers’ preference amongst those four options will go a long way in determining the future of their franchise. Meanwhile, it will be worth monitoring how this shake-up affects other teams in need of drafting a quarterback who are now no longer in the running to trade up to No. 1. The Bears now have even more draft capital than they did before today, and a top-10 pick should still allow them to secure an impact player for the foreseeable future. That, coupled with their league-leading cap space, will allow them to be highly aggressive this offseason.
153 comments on “Panthers To Acquire 2023 No. 1 Pick From Bears”
Wow… must be one heck of an offer to drop that far!
Indeed. Quite the haul for the Bears! Now to see who Carolina is so enamored by.
Good. Texans should stand pat. Or trade back with Seattle or someone that wants leapfrog the Cardinals for Jalen Carter or Will Anderson. But not far enough back they miss out on Cj Stroud or Will Levis.
If Texans can walk away with 1 of Stroud or Levis and 1 of Johnston,Addison, Smith-Njigba it will be a successful 1st round.
They should have no trouble walking away with players from each of those groups.
I would guess that Houston, with a defensive minded head coach and being a team that needs a bit of everything, may be tempted to trade to IND;so they have the #4,#36, & a 1st next year.Then take Will Anderson at#, and then try to trade back uo for a QB
Stroud going 1st overall
Small Young will be there at 2 , but I’d go Levis
Wow. Bears also got DJ Moore too
Oh My Gosh, Jees Louise, The Church of Ryan Poles is opening across the greater chicagoland area
Dropped a former number one overall and then mortgages future for a future number one?
Baker Mayfield?? They should have dropped him?
You clearly do not comprehend how good. Trade Poles just made.
Explain how he is mortgaging the future???
He’s talking about the Panthers and Mayfield, hence why he said “dropped a former number one.”
I know. He’s implying dropping Mayfield was a bad thing. Whoever they get #1 will be better than what Mayfield did
Talk about not comprehending something.
I thought the Bears could have gotten more equity for the #1 pick. I thought they could have traded it to HOU for pick #2, #33, Brandin Cooks, and a 2nd rd pick in 2024. Then dealt pick #2 to IND or CAR, and gotten the same type of compensation that they received from CAR for pick #2.
I really doubt that.
Who wants malcontent Brandin Cooks? They got a good haul and an immediate #1 WR.
Lol no chance
WOW…the Bears fleeced Carolina!
Did they? They still have Justin Fields as their starting QB, right? That sucks for them. Poles could have done better.
I think they did. Two 1st’s, two 2nd’s and a #1 WR for the #1 pick in a year where there isn’t a clear elite QB. Fields is better than people give him credit for it’s not his fault his offensive line was trash.
One of the firsts is this year so it’s essentially 1 additional first, 2 2nds and Moore to drop 8
I think you’re forgetting Moore which is like an additional first round pick. He was a 1st round pick at #24.
Yes, a “trash O-Line” contributed to him rushing for all of those yards… makes sense, “MC Tim C”
That’s the point, if the line could pass block more he wouldn’t have had to run as much. So yes, it was a trash line.
Fields ran even when he didn’t have to. He never even looked for an open WR while scrambling either.
Plus3- Wrong. Fields had one of the 5 longest snap to throw averages in the NFL.
Steinbrenner- Just say you don’t understand football. Fields running for all those yards was him escaping a collapsed pocket of the worst adjusted passing OL in the league. Bears OL is not good. If you’ve watched them, you know that. Plain and simple.
Longest snap to throw average? Did you watch any games? Yeah the OL was bad but you can still throw the ball on the move. He didn’t.
But when the pocket is collapsing and nobody is open, you don’t just throw the ball. He extends the play. His OL was trash. I watched some of their games but I’m thinking you didn’t.
And yes, 5th longest snap to throw average I believe.
Any WR in the NFL can get open if they get enough time. Fields scrambling gives the WRs that time. He still didn’t throw the ball, never even thought to. Sounds like you need to learn some NFL. Fields hasn’t proven he can be a pocket passer after 2 years.
If you think any WR can get open with enough time, you haven’t watched enough bad teams over the years. Not to mention, you can look up WR separation stats. Plenty of WRs do a bad job of getting open. Just making a statement doesn’t mean you’re proving anything lol
Plus, if he’s scrambled and has plenty of grass in front of him, why throw it to a bad WR who might not be open enough or hang on to the catch when him running is basically a guaranteed first down? Dude averaged like 8.5 ypc or something.
Watched fields against my eagles and came away very impressed. Love this trade for da bears. Hate this trade for the woe begotten panthers. None of these top 4 qbs are legit .
9 is awfully far to drop..
I agree.. in 2017 they could have moved down 8 picks and gotten Mahomes
since that happened more than once in history…
Let’s hope Fields is better than people think he is. He hasn’t shown in 2 years he can throw from the pocket.
Yes, they did. Think what that Panthers first round pick will look like next year with the team they currently have. That could easily turn out to be another top 5 pick.
Panthers D is legit, losing Moore hurts but if they get the right QB they could absolutely win the south next year. Especially if they bring back Foreman.
Justin Fields is Chicago’s only good player! Without him, they wouldn’t have won any games last year.
Jaylin Johnson would like a word..
The only thing I question is the Bears going that far down in the draft to No.9, Then again if enough teams move up to take QBs then maybe they still have a shot at a stud DE.
Even if a stud DE isn’t there, other great players will be. The Bears need help in a number of areas, starting with the O-line.
I bristle at anyone saying team a got fleeced by team b. both teams have armies of scouts statisticians, the GM, etc to make decisions for their org and get paid a LOT to do it.. No one is getting ‘fleeced’.
In 3 years we can say if a team got fleeced.
Fleecing implies that one group or person put one over on another group or person. In this regard, there is no fleecing in trades or signings, there is bad luck, there is failure to do scouting or background on a guy (ie bad mgmt), there is no fleecing in professional sports. If a team manages to out manage your team then thats just bad mgmt.Im pretty sure you ask any GM they would say the same.. Because even if you use the term fleece, who got fleeced? what the mgmt team? That just means its bad mgmt, and even then its not a fleecing, unless you are saying one can fleece themself, in which case, sure.
Amazing trade by Chicago
Unfortunately for Bears fans, the days of team merchandise being at knockdown prices are over.
Wow, overpay much??
I think this was light
They only got one future first, and 2 seconds
To drop 8. Guess it depends on how Moore performs
DJ has been a puzzle. At times he looked like a top 10 wideout, others a decent slot guy … maybe. Poor QB play didn’t help him. Not sure he’s going to a better situation.
How can you argue with a reciever who had 3 1000 yard seasons in a row and a career high in tds laat year. He’s top 20 reciever in the league plus an extra 1 and 2 2s for 8 spots? Thats a fleece
Moore has a $20M cap hit next year. I’m sure that had something to do with Carolina letting him go.
Good thing they are 120m under the cap
Both teams have the same info.How is that a ‘fleece’? Carolina knew what they had and included the player, no one held a gun to their head.
I knew the Bears would screw this up. They moved down to the 9th pick, which ensures this miss out on the blue chip players in this draft. They should have at least demanded 1st round pick in 2025 as well. Not that I’m shocked or disappointed by this trade. They always seem to screw up basic things that other teams do right.
Your guys made out like bandits.
How are they missing out on any blue chop players? 9 you can still get the brst olineman in the draft or trade down of another qb desperate team wants whoever isnt drafted at that point. Now you got fields a dynamic receiver and you have an early qst rounder next year. Great trade!
Mahomes went 11th, and I’d call him the bluest of blue chips.
He went 10th, and they could have dropped.. ready for it…. 8picks! To get him
Dude in what universe did the Bears screw this up? 4 picks AND Moore and you’re complaining??
Miss out on blue chip players? They landed 25 year old DJ Moore as well!
Lol, you’re probably in the minority on this one. Bears made out great in this deal.
Just using the Texans as an example, the following players were drafted after the 9th pick: JJ Watt, Brian Cushing, Deshaun Watson, Duane Brown, and Deandre Hopkins. That is just all since 2008. All of them were stars at one point with one being one of the best defensive players to ever play.
What you talking about?? It’s not about having the first overall pick, it’s ALL about multiple picks. Very rare your number 1 guy is a stud. Just ask the Jets how they made out with there number ones in the last 7 years. It’s the amount of picks that are important along with future picks.
Great trade for the Bears.
this is the NFL draft not NBA. there is life after the 5th pick. there’s no #1 that can turn around your franchise as it stands today. it’s likely if you asked for 2025 1st, you would gotten maybe a 3rd this yr. but you got a proven WR that you don’t have to gamble a draft pick on. remember this isn’t Madden where you can force trades, the other team has to agree.
I would argue joe burrow at no 1 changed the bengals franchise.
Totally agree, I meant in this year’s draft and the current state of his Bears.
Manning, Luck, Burrow are the top 3 guys I can think of as turn around franchise #1’s. The first was a slow go, the other never was fully vested, and the last tore his ACL. For all their future success, it happened later. Totally possible that the #1 overall struggles and is left in to struggle to the tune of another top 10 first rounder next year.
You are correct I wasn’t clear enough as I meant in this draft and the current bears roster, I don’t think there is a franchise changer.
Bears screwed this up ? You’re a fuc.king moron . Root for another team
Are you crazy? The Bears won this trade, hands down. They helped themselves. They have lots of holes, and they have more picks now.
Assuming a few QBs go early, there’s plenty of blue chip players available at #9. Bears need trench line help and there should be plenty out there
So now the Bears fill 2 premium positions with this deal. WR1 and one would assume Paris Johnson would be the 9 pick, filling LT with Jones sliding over. After Carters stupidity was revealed the only other choice was Anderson and I guess they didn’t think he was worth it. So offense basically better in the draft, Let’s fill up the D in FA. Not bad, but still think they could of got more by trading back twice and still got to 9.But I didn’t hear what people were actually offering. Plus, Whose to say they don’t move Moore?
You should be thrilled to add Moore in a year when the free agent class and draft class both pack high end talent.
I’m fine with Moore. So basically 3 1st round picks, 9,2024 and Moore. and 2 2nd round picks 61 and 2025. So now they have 2 late 2nds and the first pick in the 3rd. The Colts must of really made a lame offer for the Bears to move back that far. But this isn’t a 1 year rebuild anyway so I’m fine. How good are the Panthers going to be with a Rookie QB or lame Placeholder depending on which way they want to go?
Their division is trash so I wouldn’t be so quick to count on the Panthers having a top 10 pick again but we shall see.
The Bears are not trading DJ Moore. He is the reason they did the deal now before FA starts.
Mike.. You’re assuming that the Collts/Texans would oblige that.. and that Carolina wouldn’t trade up to Az. Bird in the hand man. Bird in the hand.
We’ll see I guess. Maybe Poles doesn’t want to give up 20 million of his newly created cap space. Moore is reasonably signed for 3 years but what if he starts pouting or wants a new deal? I think they could deal him and get some more assets if someone comes knocking on draft day. Some WR1’s were traded last year for some impressive assets.
They aren’t trading Moore lol. Bears have plenty of cap space and need a #1 WR. This deal let’s them build through the draft in the trenches. DL will go with #9 pick.
Yeah well they basically need a whole front 7 on Defense. The only two guys they have signed are Justin Jones and Jack Sanborn. Jones is nothing to write home about and Sanborn isn’t very big as a LB. 76 million won’t go far. Gipson and Robinson weren’t exactly high impact either.
True, but they’ll draft those positions ans get some FAs. For a team with the worst record in the NFl last year they were a decent scoring offense with no WRs and a bad OL but a bad defensive team. If Fields can throw the ball, they’ll be competitive next season.
Not to mention you have to overpay to get guys to play for an organization ran by cheapskates. That stigma and bad reputation makes a difference and gets around the league.
Not a bad trade. They had a lot of picks from the 49ers. Most draft picks are bums and getting a good QB on a rookie deal is worth every penny. They almost made the playoffs with trash at QB. NFC south is the weakest division in football.
Extremely good deal by Chicago. Moore is a legit number one receiver, and acquiring him is a better use of money than any unrestricted free agent would be. Now they still have 9–where there should be strong value for an offensive lineman or defensive front player—and add 61, plus two high future picks, which could also be helpful if they decide to move on from Fields after this year and want to make a move for Caleb Williams or Drake Maye next year.
Exactly. They should be a competitive team in 2023. Even with no WRs and a bad OL they still averaged 20 PPG, and beat SF in week 1. Their D is pretty bad but hopefully they can get it to average with some good front 7 picks.
As a Panthers fan, all I have to say is:
My exact feelings
Thank you. — Every Bears fan
Looks like 3 QBs will now go among the top 4 picks by Carolina, Houston and Indy, which bodes well for the Detroit Lions as they’re lined up to draft Anderson, Carter or Wilson. Now we need the Raiders to move into the top 5, so it will boil down to Anderson or Carter. Thank you, Carolina and Chicago, from us Detroit Lions fans!
If you are a lions fan this will be great for you there’s a very good chance the first 4 picks are QBs
Bears going offense in the draft. At # 9 I would think offensive lineman Skoronski or Paris Johnson but could Jalen Carter slip as far down as 9 based on his recent issue?
Wise move by Carolina if they pick Young.
I think Frank Reich is more traditional for qb builds, 6’4 big hands, mobile if needed but not first. if they go qb I see Stroud or Levis. Richardson isn’t accurate enough
If the panthers hit on the QB this is a win for both. It’s a huge pay and a great haul for Chicago and a great way to fast forward their rebuild.
I’m going to do my best swami imitation and say the Bears made out in this deal because none of these prospective quarterbacks is going to pan out. Just my two cents as a longtime college observer—I just don’t believe in any of them
You might be right that they don’t love anyone in this class, but it feels like this is more about believing in Fields than anything to do with their view of this year’s quarterbacks.
It makes sense to give him some real talent and see what he can do in a full year. If in the worst case scenario he doesn’t prove himself next year, they’ve positioned themselves well for Caleb Williams or Drake Maye.
Frank Reich sticking it to his old team the Colts who will now have to get the 3rd best QB
Silly deal Bears have a QB that likes to run so any pro receiver should do.You would hope Bears draft linemen and be deep in talent there allocating fewer dollars for more quality there.
Lovie smith has to be loving it! Best middle finger I’ve seen in…a decade?
Maybe Fields will be a top 5 rusher in the NFL next season instead of just a top 10 rusher, and the Bears will win 4 or 5 games instead of 3! Not bad value for the number one pick, I guess, but the Bears identifying themselves as a team that has an answer at QB is surprising. Maybe they want in on that Caleb Williams sweepstakes next year, but Washington has already committed to being terrible next season!
Great deal for the Bears.
Fields gets a WR in Moore, they drop 8 places to 9th and will still get a really good starter. They get a second round pick this year aswell and another first next year and a second the following year, amazing return.
Bears would have all the offensive weapons they need in Fields, Herbert, Moore, Mooney, Claypool, EstB and Kmet. I also like their secondary, so with the picks and money, get better protection and beef up the front 7 on defence.
The smell of desperation is strong with Carolina – as there are no obvious franchise quarterbacks in this draft. I hope they get lucky, as otherwise they have several years of stink in front of them…
Should have waited could have gotten more also what good is DJ Moore when you have a Qb who can’t throw
Weren’t some people saying the same thing about Jalen Hurts before Philadelphia got him a WR1. This year they made the Super Bowl.
The Bears did excellent in this trade. I think an underrated impact of this trade will be the Bears won’t have to feel pressured to take Jalen Carter at #1. If he falls to #9, they could draft him on the slide, if they choose. If he gets taken before #9 it completely takes the Bears off the hook of having to make that decision. They can draft OL or a different defensive player.
Even if, hypothetically speaking, you’re right and Fields can’t throw- they now have more picks to move around with next year in a better QB class.
Panthers fans must be praying for CJ over Young.
I like Young but that size and frame just brings way to many concerns. Not that many great QBs under 6 foot and none at 5’10 or shorter.
CJ in his last 2 seasons 85 TDs 12 INTs 8100 yards, Young in his last 2, 79 TDs 12 INTs 8200 yards.
Looking at their college careers CJ played less games so looking on a per game status he has a better completion percentage, TD%, INT%, yards per attempt, yards per game and QBR.
Statistically speaking hes the better player, considering the physicals of both players I’d rather take 5 inches taller QB.
Scouting the stat lines is silly. I like Stroud, but he had to do much less creating. That offense is extremely QB friendly, and he had a better supporting cast.
Idk both Ohio State and Alabama both have extremely talented sides.
Bama the past couple years,
Evan Neal, Jameson Williams, John Metchie, Brian Robinson Jr and this year Jahmyr Gibbs and Tyler Steen.
Where’s Ohios had what Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave and Ruckert then this year more protection with Paris Johnson, Dawand Jones and Luke Wypler.
Yeah numbers only tell half the story…
But name me another good 5’10 or under QB in the history of the game….
To me Bryce Young is so similar to Kyler Murray and we already see how good that is. Whereas CJ is better he’s much more similar to Burrow/Herbert etc
Young is much more like Brees to me. And Gibbs is good, but he hadn’t had nearly the talent this year on the line or pass catching group. Stroud doesn’t remind me of those guys at all.
DJ Moore can’t catch a break. Finally gets out of Carolina and goes to a team with a running qb.
Out of the frying pan and into the fire for DJ Moore.
They don’t want him running that much in the future. That’s why they chose taking Moore instead another first round pick.
Good haul for the Bears. Desperate move by Carolina.
Bears make a run at Lamar? They have extra picks now….
If they wanted a QB they just dealt away the best way to get one
They can sign him and give ravens 2 first rounders if ravens decline, 9th overall is less valuable than first overall, but still a first rounder.
Is Lamar an upgrade from Fields? If JF had the Bal. Defense they would have won a lot more games.
I would have made sure any deal with the Panthers started with Burns
And the deal would not have started.
And that would have been fine by me. You’re giving them the top pick. Another team would have stepped up.
An extra first, an extra second, and 61, plus DJ Moore is a huge haul. I doubt they were going to do better.
If they’re going all in sink or swim on Fields to see if he’s the man sure this probably had to be done, but you had the best defensive impact player at your finger tips. I’m not giving that up without getting a defensive anchor back if I’m trading the pick this early. You don’t know how desperate one of the other teams might get as you get closer.
They have a ton of needs. They scratched off one of them better than they could have in free agency while also acquiring a bunch more picks. They have plenty of ammo to address their defense.
Plenty? ha ha. We’ll see who they can attract in Free Agency and how they hit with that ammo in the draft. Poles already screwed up trading a first round equivalent draft slot for Claypool in an extremely short sighted deal. He’s not a god. I still think he dumped this prematurely like he did the second rounder.
I didn’t say he’s a god and I disliked the Claypool trade the moment it happened. This trade is really good. They have a bunch of picks and money. I’m not a Bears fan. I’m just calling ‘em like I see ‘em.
Papi… What’s short sighted is you proclaiming Poles screwed up by making the Claypool trade. With that O-line and Fields running for his life last year, there’s no way to make that judgement yet. After this next season, with a better O-line and WRs, a clearer assessment can be made. And btw, it’s because of the very weak WR FA market he made the Claypool trade and wanted Moore over Burns.
If you can’t see that we were going to be worse after trading Roquan and fall even further(eventually to gain the #32 pick) then that is the very definition of short sightedness.
Poles, as sensitive as he is, was trying to deflect the immediate criticism of trading our Defensive anchor by acquiring someone he thought would help Justin(he didn’t last year so he assuredly already has overpaid).
That was boneheaded especially since you now had to address the WR position even further with this trade instead of standing firm demanding you get their best defensive guy in any package(if Panthers refuse, you hold out for that from the other teams or draft Anderson). Not to mention you didn’t get back the pick you lost from that awful Claypool trade.
I will say this, if for some strange stroke of luck we end up with a Top 5 pick next year then yes you’re getting a great impact player there too but I’m not convinced the Bears are even getting a top 10 pick from this. No more Brady. Bad division that may trade wins. Panthers aren’t a lock to suck. And that 2025 2nd rounder? Who the heck knows where that will be?
Poles wasn’t going to get Burns…He knew that so this was the next option. No it isn’t a certainty that the Carolina pick will be high but odds are it will be. You make this trade now for two reasons…The hype for projected high pick quarterbacks are the highest right after the combine and secondly, free agency will allow the market to wane. I mean sure you might see a team get desperate on draft night but if you’re Poles do you take that chance? The worst thing to do is wait and get low balled. Then what? This is what a good GM would do.
Extra first and second? That’s only 1 pick in the 1st and 2nd for Chicago. They traded their original 2nd for Claypool.
An extra first next year and an extra second the following year.
Countdown until “I thought all Fields needed was a legit WR1?”
They need a lot more than that my friend.
I still wonder if the Bears would have gotten more on draft day moving to 2 possibly, then 4, but the trade is done, 9th is a bit of a crutch to me, but then again if 4-5 teams move up to grab QBs then the Bears should have a chance to get a ‘first option’ and not go down their board. Or Poles saw the guy he wants, but that guy is forecast to be down around the 9th overall pick.
Well he might’ve made a Colt’s trade into 4 if Jalen Carter hadn’t turned out to be an idiot.
Yeah, this Carter mess did really throw a wrench into the works.
It was for the most part a well done deal that was meant to happen. Carolina was edged in one spot.
They gave up a star receiver without getting a replacement. They should’ve gotten either Claypool etc or a 3rd round draft pick to help kickstart their QB’s development.
Other than that, an ovation-worthy windfall for the Bears and Carolina gets the pick of the litter for their 2023 franchise.
In my opinion, they did it because they collectively cam to agreement that there’s only one QB worth drafting at the top of the draft this year and this was their only option given their trajectory with a reboot. That might be why it’s such a friendly deal.
I agree (Stroud).
It’s funny how they say for “multiple first round picks” when in reality it’s only one first round pick. The other is a pick swap. It’s a great trade by the Bears. Now they can use that 9th pick and use it on an OL to protect Fields or even trade back again to say 14th and get Bijan Robinson and possibly get another first round pick next year as well. As for the Panthers this is how you stay bad. The Bears will be thanking you for the top 5 pick next year. Like they could’ve tanked next year and got Caleb Williams.
The trade was great for the Bears because they have a top twenty WR and if they wanted to they could hit the hard reset button and trade the WR AND Fields for more picks and just reset the team.
I am not saying they would but if they wanted to and just punt next season for the first pick again with the aim to be competitive in 2024 or 2025
So you think the Bears traded the no. 1 overall first pick for DJ Moore (and picks) so they could then trade him and Fields for more picks and stink again so they could go for the number one pick next year??? ♂️ wow you really think that
I just read a headline saying Carolina might be looking to trade the #1 pick they just gave up a haul for. Do they really think they can get as much, let alone more back than what they just gave up?
It’s possible with doing the trade this early. FOMO is a powerful thing and could build to the point some team gets stupid.
Anything is possible I guess. I won’t believe it unless I see it though.
If GB manages to get a 1st for Rodgers, I can see them using it in a package to jump up to #1 and draft a 3rd or 4th round talent, so yeah maybe…
How long before Moore wants #1 wideout money? And no, $20 mil/year is not going to cut it.
Love the fact that Carolina is gonna get the QB of their choice. Frank Reich is gonna be able to mold a young QB. The thing is Chicago still won the trade IMO. DJ Moore, #9 overall in 2023, and #61 overall in 2023, a 1st in 2024, and then a 2nd in 2025. Luckily for Carolina they still have the # 39th overall pick which they will most likely take the best WR still on the board to try to replace the production they will lose by sending DJ Moore to the Bears
What a haul for the Bears
NO excuse for the Bears now. With the boatload of cash they can spend and a zillion picks they had better ibe in NFC finals next year. Would take a buffoon to screw this up now.
They’re nowhere close to competing for Conference Championships. The ceiling for 2023 is 8-9 or 9-8 and a back door into a wild card ala 2022 Jacksonville imo.
NFC Finals* is about where I expect the Bears to be playing next year
This so-called “blockbuster” didn’t lower the odds on either Carolina or Chicago getting to the Super Bowl.
+4000 is still +4000