Four teams most likely to trade with the Chicago Bears for the No. 1 pick
The Carolina Panthers are one team that could trade with the Chicago Bears
Why they want the No. 1 pick
While some inside the organization may want to give 2023 second-round pick Matt Corral a chance, it would be in the team’s best interest to at least look into trading up for a quarterback who, by all accounts, is a much better prospect.
Much like Indianapolis, the Panthers have struggled recently to find a long-term answer at quarterback. After failed experiments with Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Darnold, and Baker Mayfield, it may be time to take a more aggressive approach.
Furthermore, the Panthers’ mid-season turnaround showed fans that they weren’t as far away from being a competitive team as many thought. They went 7-10 with one of the worst quarterback situations in the entire league. In order to take the next step as a franchise, Carolina will need to find the right quarterback, and it’s hard to think of a better opportunity to do so than acquiring the No. 1 overall pick.
What it would take
Since the Panthers have a considerably lower first-round pick (ninth overall) than teams like the Colts and Texans, they would have to surrender more total draft picks to compensate. Luckily, this is a real possibility, as the Panthers gained several picks from the 49ers when they traded away Christian Mccaffrey. These additional picks would include both of Carolina’s second-round picks in 2023 and a 2024 first.
Mock Trade Proposal