The Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears will be forever linked by the major trade that took place before the 2023 NFL Draft. The Panthers received the No. 1 overall pick from the Bears in exchange for star receiver DJ Moore, the No. 9 overall pick, and multiple future draft picks. This trade allowed the Panthers to select Bryce Young at the top of the draft. Now, as the two teams prepare to face off in Week 10, the impact of this trade will be on full display.
Bears GM Ryan Poles has made some questionable moves in his role, but the trade with the Panthers has proven to be a success for Chicago so far. DJ Moore has provided a much-needed boost to the Bears’ receiving corps, while the Panthers’ selection of Bryce Young has yet to fully pay off. Poles made the trade with an eye towards giving quarterback Justin Fields more time to prove himself as the long-term solution for the Bears. Fields has shown both promise and struggle this season, and with an upcoming game against the Panthers, the Bears will be relying on former Division II standout Tyson Bagent to lead the offense.
The success of Bryce Young in Carolina will ultimately determine the true winner of the trade. If Young flourishes, the Panthers will have benefited from the deal, but if he continues to struggle, the Bears will have gained a major advantage. Looking ahead to the 2024 NFL Draft, the potential exists for the Bears to hold the No. 1 pick, courtesy of the Panthers. This further adds intrigue to the ongoing impact of the trade between the two franchises.
As the teams prepare to face off, the game holds significant implications for the future of both organizations. The latest mock draft has the Bears targeting a quarterback and receiver with their potential top picks. As the game approaches, SportsLine will provide expert analysis, picks, and insights to help bettors make informed decisions. Ultimately, the outcome of the game will play a major role in shaping the future trajectory of both the Panthers and the Bears.