The Carolina Panthers acquired the first overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft from the Chicago Bears, according to multiple reports.
The Panthers will send the ninth overall pick, a 2024 first-round pick, wide receiver DJ Moore, this year’s 61st pick and a 2025 second-round pick to the Bears for the top pick, where they will likely select an attacking player.
The Panthers used three different starting quarterbacks last season and also traded superstar running back Christian McCaffrey, but remained in playoff contention until late in the season.
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Alabama’s Bryce Young and Ohio State’s CJ Stroud are expected to be the top two picks in the NFL Draft. The Houston Texans select second. However, Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson has skyrocketed up the draft boards.
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The trade ensures that Justin Fields is the guy in Chicago. He became the third quarterback in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season last year.
But Fields now has a new top receiver. In his five NFL seasons, Moore has 5,201 receiving yards and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark every season from 2019 to 2021. His seven touchdowns last season were a career-high.
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Moore will join receivers Darnell Mooney and Chase Claypool, who have shown promise in their young careers but took a step back last season.
Carolina now has more than $22.7 million in cap space, saving more than $10 million by trading Moore, according to OverTheCap.