Well before the NFL draft, the Bears traded their coveted No. 1 draft roster to acquire multiple picks from the Carolina Panthers.
They received the No. 9, No. 61, a 2024 first-round pick, and a 2025 second-round pick. Key to the trade, however, was the acquisition of wide receiver DJ Moore.
And safety Jaquan Brisker agrees.
“I thought it was a great trade, especially for Justin and the attacker, to get a weapon that makes us much more dangerous,” said Brisker on The Matt Lombardo Show. “Last year we were so close. Maybe three to seven points away during certain games, but adding another weapon there shows that they’ve invested in Justin Fields. They knew we needed a different weapon and went in the right direction.”
The Bears were reportedly adamant about acquiring Moore. The opportunity cost of acquiring Moore was reportedly a future first-round pick. However, Moore is a much more valuable commodity.
He is a proven, experienced wide receiver. He has recorded three straight seasons of over 1,000 receiving yards from 2019-21 – with sloppy quarterback play to go along with it. The Bears chose a reputable, established product, instead of a choice they had the option of choosing someone as elitist as Moore.
Moore joins a big receiver room with Darnell Mooney, Chase Claypool, Cole Kmet, new signing Robert Tonyan and Equanimeous St. Brown. Moore, Fields, Claypool and Mooney met and attended a Chicago Bulls game earlier this week.
The Panthers’ wide receiver was just the beginning of the Bears’ offseason. They also signed Tremaine Edmunds, TJ Edwards, Nate Davis, D’Onta Foreman and others to their strengthened roster.
How will the Bears approach the rest of free agency and the NFL draft?
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