Reflecting on the most significant trade in the history of the Bears franchise

V. Carbonneau
June 7, 2024  (11:35)

Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus
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Last year, the Chicago Bears made a monumental move that could redefine the franchise's future. General Manager Ryan Poles executed a trade that set the stage for building a winning team.

After finishing with the worst record in the league and earning the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Bears decided to stick with quarterback Justin Fields instead of selecting a new one. This decision led to one of the most significant trades in NFL history.
The Bears traded the top pick to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a substantial haul, including wide receiver DJ Moore, right tackle Darnell Wright, cornerback Tyrique Stevenson, quarterback Caleb Williams, and a 2025 second-round pick.
Even though the trade isn't fully complete with the second-round pick still pending, it is already being hailed as one of the greatest trades in Bears history.
DJ Moore instantly became the Bears' No. 1 receiver, proving his worth despite inconsistent quarterback play from Fields in 2023. Moore stood out as one of the top wideouts in the league.
Darnell Wright, selected 10th overall in 2023, quickly established himself as one of the Bears' best offensive linemen. He has the potential to solidify the Bears' offensive line as one of the best in the league.
Tyrique Stevenson, chosen 56th overall in 2023, started immediately as a rookie and emerged as a playmaker in the secondary. With a strong first season under his belt, Stevenson is poised to build on his success.
The Panthers' struggles last season led to the Bears acquiring the No. 1 pick and selecting quarterback Caleb Williams. Chicago has never had an elite star quarterback, and Williams has the potential to fill that role.
Acquiring Moore, Wright, and Stevenson from this trade is already a significant achievement. Adding Williams' potential makes this deal one of the most remarkable in NFL history.
On the other hand, the Panthers selected Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, who struggled in his rookie year. Comparisons to C.J. Stroud, picked second overall by the Houston Texans, will be painful for the Panthers if Young doesn't improve. However, that's not Chicago's concern as they have clearly emerged as the winners in this trade.
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Reflecting on the most significant trade in the history of the Bears franchise

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