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D.J Moore Contract: How Much Does the WR Trade Affects Bears’ Salary Cap?

Shubham Bhargav

D.J Moore Contract: How Much Does the WR Trade Affects Bears' Salary Cap?

Named Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year in 2017, D.J Moore declared for the NFL draft in 2018. Due to an emphatic Combine performance and rollicking numbers in college, D.J became the first wide receiver to get picked in the draft.

Roped in by the Carolina Panthers, D.J went on to churn out fairly decent numbers for them. However, after persisting with him for five seasons, the Panthers have decided to move on. Moore has been traded to the Chicago Bears in exchange for the first overall pick.

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D.J Moore’s 2023 Salary

While the D.J Moore trade will be made official post March 15, the two teams in question have struck common ground. As far as Moore’s contract details are concerned, he signed a three year $62 million contract extension with the Panthers last year through the 2025 season.

This means that now, after the end of the 2022 season, Moore still has 3 years left on that contract. Moreover, around $41.5 million of the extension is guaranteed. As reported by NFL Insider Albert Breer, the team from Chicago would have to pay around an average of $17.4 million per year to Moore. This looks like a good deal considering the WR’s age and past experience.

So in a world where No. 1 WRs were getting $25 million per in new money last year, the Bears get DJ Moore at ages 26, 27 and 28 at an average of $17.4 million per. And do it in a year when Jakobi Meyers and DJ Chark are the top UFA WRs,” Albert recently Tweeted.

Bears still have the highest cap space heading into the free agency

While the Bears had to give away the first overall pick, they have got plenty of positives in return from the Panthers. Along with an experienced receiver in D.J Moore, the Bears will also get the No.9 and No. 61 pick this year, Panthers’ first round pick in 2024, and a second rounder in 2025.

Moreover, as reported by Spotrac, D.J will have salary cap hits of $20.2 million in 2023, $16.1 million in 2024, $16.1 million in 2025. This means that even with Moore’s $20.2 million cap hit in 2023, the Bears will have $75 million cap space heading into free agency which is highest among all franchises.

In his 5 season in the NFL, Moore has accumulated over 5,2000 receiving yards and has scored 21 touchdowns as well. Moreover, last year, he recorded 888 yards and 7 touchdowns. These aren’t bad numbers and given the fact that he is at the peak of his career, the Bears seems to have pulled off a win-win deal.

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Shubham Bhargav

Shubham Bhargav


Shubham is the NFL division head at the Sports Rush. He can write and talk about NFL all day without breaking a sweat. A Communications post-graduate with 4+ years of experience in Sports Journalism, Shubham can be tough to stop once he starts talking about the nuances of his favorite sport. He enjoys movies, likes trekking, adores re-watching unorthodox plays and wants to interview Patrick Mahomes at least once in his life.

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