As research continued for the 2023 offseason, Ryan Poles realized something. He needed more help at wide receiver Justin Fields. His GM of the Chicago Bears wanted to upgrade their offensive and defensive lines, but lingering concerns about receivers prevented them from doing so. he had to find a solution. It took months, but Pauls landed a blockbuster deal with Carolina, with three additional draft he picked and his 25-year-old receiver DJ Moore.
Moore was a big surprise. People didn’t expect the Panthers to include their best offensive player in the deal. Instead, it seems he wanted to give Chicago 1st place in 2025, but the Poles wouldn’t take it. Not if they wanted the number one pick before free agency.Moore should be in the package or we’ll have to wait. It came with a lot of risks. So Carolina made a deal. It turns out that the origins of this movement began several months ago. Former Bears scout Greg Gabriel has revealed some fascinating details about the Windy City Gridiron.
Pauls seemed to be thinking about what he would do the moment last season ended.
The deal for the top draft pick had never been made so early in the process. It was open. From what I understand, a key element of the deal was wide receiver DJ Moore. No deal unless Moore is part of the package.
I had the chance to meet Ryan Pauls when I was in Las Vegas for the East-West Shrine Bowl in January. It was a fun discussion that lasted about an hour. When the topic of wide receivers came up, he told me he was looking.Another separator… similar to Mooney, but a little bigger.’” Paul got it on DJ Moore.
DJ Moore is everything the Bears wanted.
No, he’s not on the level of Justin Jefferson or Jamar Chase. But he’s not far behind. This man is a first-class soccer player. He’s fast, agile, fast. His Route His running is the core strength of his game, and people tend to overlook how good a blocker he is in his game of running. A good comparison is Washington’s Terry McLoughlin. Quarterbacks rarely regret throwing the ball in their direction. His style of play is a perfect fit for Fields as well. Combined with Darnell Mooney, the Bears suddenly form a dynamic tandem at the receiver.
The next step is to strengthen the offensive line. Fields can’t expect to connect with DJ Moore if he’s on the run all his life. Both in free agency and in the draft, the Poles are expected to be aggressive in upgrading their groups. With any luck, Fields’ defense will be greatly improved. Moore and Mooney could enjoy defense this year if he’s allowed time in the pocket. Maybe even Chase Claypool will rebound from a slow start. For the first time in years, the Bears are cooking something up in the passing game.