With all due respect to Chase Claypool, the last time the Chicago Bears made a high-profile trade for a wide receiver was back in 2012. That’s when then-general manager Phil Emery acquired Brandon Marshall to catch passes from Jay Cutler in a move viewed as the missing piece to unlock Cutler’s maximum upside. The Bears traded two third-round picks for Marshall, who was considered an unpredictable personality in the locker room.
Fast forward to the start of the 2023 offseason, and the Bears were again searching for a bona fide WR1. After a year of Justin Fields throwing passes to the likes of Dante Pettis and Nsimba Webster, GM Ryan Poles’ top priority was upgrading the talent around his franchise quarterback. And he struck quickly to accomplish that goal.
The Bears traded the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to the Carolina Panthers for a haul of future draft selections, but the most notable return was wide receiver DJ Moore. Much like Marshall in 2012, Moore is an established playmaker who’s considered one of the best all-around pass-catchers in the NFL.
Despite playing in Carolina with a cast of misfit quarterbacks, Moore has managed three seasons with more than 1,100 yards in his career. He scored a career-best seven touchdowns in 2022 and has amassed 364 catches for 5,201 yards and 21 TDs since 2018. He’s just 26 years old.