Panthers On The Block
NFL Roundup: Bears Deal 1st Overall To Carolina; Former Birds 1st-Round WR Poised For Bigger Role
The first major trade involving the 2023 NFL Draft is a blockbuster one.
The Bears have shipped the No. 1 overall pick to the Carolina Panthers on Friday in a reported deal worth multiple first-round picks, per the NFL Network.
Major draft shakeup 🚨 🚨 🚨
Sources say the #Bears are trading the No. 1 overall pick to the #Panthers in exchange for big-time compensation including multiple 1st rounders. Chicago loads up and lands at No. 9, while Carolina can draft its QB of the future. pic.twitter.com/DNvYMStoxd
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2023
The Panthers are now on the clock while the Bears, who are moving ahead behind second-year QB Justin Fields, will pick ninth overall and collect extra compensation.
Also going to Carolina in the deal, per Ian Rapoport: a 2023 second-rounder, a 2023 first-rounder, a 2025 second-rounder and wide receiver D.J. Moore.
Per Inside The Birds’ Adam Caplan, buzz in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine is that Chicago was seeking a major haul that combined multiple first-rounders and players.
At the combine, word was they were asking for 3 1s+players or more picks. https://t.co/JaOdklKXrm
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 10, 2023
In the end, the Bears didn’t get three-first round picks but brought back two first-rounders, two seconds, and a three-time 1,000-yard wide receiver who’s signed through 2025. That’s a pretty good haul and a complementary weapon for Fields.
New #Bears #1 WR D.J. Moore is signed through 2025;
2023 salary: $19.965m (fully gtd)
2024 salary: $15.85m
2025 salary: $14.85m
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 10, 2023
The only question now is: Which QB do the Panthers have in their sights for new head coach Frank Reich?
Alabama’s Bryce Young is the projected No. 1 pick by many draft analysts, but both Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud and Florida’s Anthony Richard gained some steam coming out of the NFL Scouting Combine.
Reports surfaced Tuesday that Minnesota could be moving on from Adam Thielen, the 33-year-old, two-time Pro Bowl wideout.
Now, it’s official.
The move clears the way for former Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor, a 2020 first-round pick who disappointed in his first two seasons before being traded in August, to see an increased role in Minnesota’s offense.
Teams that could use a slot receiver include the Seahawks and Browns, the latter of which are coached by former Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski.
Other reported standouts released today: OLB Leonard Floyd (Rams), C Ben Jones (Titans), CB Ronald Darby (Broncos), LB Damien Wilson (Panthers), OG Graham Glasgow (Broncos), P Jake Bailey (Patriots) and RB Chase Edmonds (Broncos).
Also, Devin McCourty announced his retirement.
On the flip side, the Dolphins are reportedly picking up the fifth-year option on Tua Tagovailoa, per NFL Network.
‘Boys Thinking Big?
The Cowboys have restructured two major contracts to clear a ton of cap space ahead of free agency.
Dallas restructured the contracts of QB Dak Prescott and OG Zack Martin to clear roughly $30 million in cap space, per the NFL Network.
The space paves the way for Dallas to be major players in free agency. Cowboys needs include cornerback (James Bradberry, anyone?), wide receiver and defensive tackle.
On The Mend
49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, who injured his elbow in the NFC Championship after getting hit by Eagles edge defender Haason Reddick, underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament, per NFL Network.
Purdy underwent surgery to repair the UCL in his right, throwing elbow and is expected to start throwing in three months.
#49ers QB Brock Purdy underwent successful surgery on his elbow today, source says. It was the anticipated UCL repair with an internal brace. The expectation is Purdy will begin throwing in three months and build up his strength from there. pic.twitter.com/YQbDzBMinh
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 10, 2023
It’ll be interesting to see if Purdy enters training camp as the lead candidate to start over third-year pro Trey Lance, who is also coming back from major surgery.
The Saints re-signed one of the NFL’s best gunners on special teams, inking JT Gray to a three-year deal, per NFL Network.
Gray’s deal is worth $9.6 million, with $2.4 million to sign, per Ian Rapoport, including an additional $500,000 annually in playing time.
Eagles special-teams star Zech McPhearson has studied Gray’s work:
One of the best gunners in the league. I recall Zech McPhearson mentioning to me that Gray was a player he studied, along with Matthew Slater. https://t.co/znmirjlmA1
— Andrew DiCecco (@AndrewDiCecco) March 10, 2023
– Staff report for InsideTheBirds.com.
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