Carolina Panthers Aug 13, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Carolina Panthers players helmets rest on the bench against the Washington Commanders at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Star wide receiver DJ Moore has played his entire career for the Carolina Panthers so far, but that’s going to change this year after he was traded to the Chicago Bears as part of a package in return for the top overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. And it sounds like the Panthers were very sorry to see him go.

This week, DJ Moore’s agent Drew Rosenhaus appeared on The Pat McAfee Show and explained that the Panthers did not want to part ways with their star wide receiver.

“By no means did the Panthers want to trade DJ. But the Bears were smart,” Rosenhaus said. “They knew the Panthers really wanted to draft a quarterback. They were insistent on getting DJ as far as that package, and they landed a No. 1 wide receiver for Justin Fields. Great trade for the Bears. The Panthers feel it’s a great trade for them – time will tell. It depends how good C.J. Stroud or Bryce Young is if they happen to pick one of those two guys.”

“The Panthers were in tears, literally, when they called DJ. It was emotional for them,” Rosenhaus explained.

It’s definitely a tough situation, and the NFL world had plenty to say about it on Twitter.

While it was a difficult situation, Moore was okay with it from a business standpoint.

“DJ was fine with it,” Rosenhaus said. “Because when a team trades for you, they invest capital in you. And that means you’re more valuable. That means you’re going to get a new contract sooner. That means you’re more likely to have a greater career with the team that trades for you. So it’s always a good thing from a business standpoint when you do get traded because someone is investing draft picks in you and capital. And that’s a bonus.”

We’ll have to see how the trade works out for both teams.

[The Pat McAfee Show]