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2023 NFL Draft: Bears almost traded back twice before settling on No. 9 pick, DJ Moore

Chicago Bears fans are very happy with the haul general manager Ryan Poles got from the Carolina Panthers when he traded out of the No. 1 pick.

To refresh your memory, the Bears landed the No. 9 and 61 picks in 2023, a first-round pick in 2024, a second-round pick in 2025, and wide receiver DJ Moore. Job well done.

But as is the case whenever a big decision like trading the No. 1 pick is made, fans naturally ask whether more could’ve been had by the Chicago Bears.

According to Poles, who spoke with NBC Sports’ Peter King, the answer might be yes.

It depends on what you value higher: another first-round pick in 2024 or Moore. It seems that was what Poles’ decision came down to; he had a chance to trade back twice — first with the Houston Texans and again with the Panthers — and, perhaps, would’ve entered the 2023 draft with three first-rounders.

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