NFL Trade Rumors: Panthers Beat Out This Team To Land No. 1 Pick

Carolina upped the ante to land the No. 1 pick


March 12

The Panthers apparently had competition in the effort to acquire the most coveted pick in next month’s draft.

Carolina now is scheduled to pick first April 27 following a blockbuster trade with Chicago. The Panthers sent two first-round picks (including No. 9 overall this year), a pair of second-rounders and star wide receiver D.J. Moore to the Bears in exchange for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

It won’t come as a surprise to learn other teams outside of Carolina reportedly contacted Chicago about the selection that allows a franchise to control the draft. ESPN’s Courtney Cronin and David Newton identified one of the interested clubs in a column published Friday.

“Talks for the No. 1 pick had intensified since last week’s scouting combine, sources told (Adam) Schefter, with multiple teams, including the Houston Texans, expressing interest in making a deal with Chicago,” Cronin and Newton wrote.

A potential deal with the Texans must have been pretty enticing for the Bears. If Chicago moved down one spot to No. 2 — where Houston currently is scheduled to make its first pick — it would have allowed the Bears to execute another trade for a monster haul. Stockpiling early picks is the name of the game for a rebuilding team like Chicago.

A historic double trade would have put the Bears in a terrific spot, but the future in the Windy City still is bright following the organization’s latest move.

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