New Bears receiver DJ Moore was heading down his driveway in Charlotte, North Carolina to pick up packages when he received a phone call from the Panthers organization. After spending his first five NFL seasons with the club, Moore learned he was part of a trade package to the Bears for the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft.
While North Carolina was home to Moore since being drafted by the Panthers in the first round of the 2018 draft, he told reporters at Halas Hall Thursday he doesn't "really dwell on things too long."
"I really was like 'Whatever. Let's go,'" Moore said on his reaction to the trade. "At that point, it was just like 'We are going to start somewhere new.' That put a chip on my shoulder because I have to start somewhere new. Other than that, I was just like 'They wanted to move up and get rid of me? Okay, I'm going go to somewhere where I'm loved.'"
Moore understands the business that the NFL is, so his thought process following the trade to Chicago was "to make the most of it, have some fun, get some wins." On the flip side of the blockbuster trade, general manager Ryan Poles was adamant on receiving Moore in the package.
Following the trade, Moore said he got calls from across the Bears organization "with love." While that feeling of being wanted by an entire club is positive, the receiver is more focused on how he can effectively produce for his new team.
"I think everybody's level can reach a new level here now that I'm here," Moore told reporters Thursday. "I was talking to [Darnell] Mooney and was talking about being together with Chase [Claypool] and me and him, how we're just going to elevate the offense and just elevate Justin [Fields] at the same time. Because I'm not just here to be like, 'I'm here,' just like a bright light. I'm here to make everyone around me better and we just want to try to get some wins."
Moore met some of his new teammates earlier in the week at Halas Hall, but on Wednesday night he attended a Bulls game with Fields, Mooney and Claypool. Moore said it's been "nothing but fun" with his new teammates and the group of receivers have already "had good laughs this whole time."
Building a connection with the receiving corps as well as Fields will be a crucial part of Moore's next few months in Chicago.
Moore is no stranger to new faces, though, as the Panthers had three quarterbacks start at least five games last year. Even with the rotation of QBs, Moore compiled 63 receptions for 888 yards and seven touchdowns.
Take a look at new Bears receiver DJ Moore in action. In 80 games with the Panthers, Moore has caught 364 passes for 5,201 yards and 21 touchdowns. The 6-0, 210-pounder has also topped 1,100 yards receiving in three straight seasons.
Between 2019 and 2021, Moore caught passes from six different starting quarterbacks while generating three straight 1,100+ receiving yard seasons.
"I always make connections with all the quarterbacks on the team, no matter who it is," Moore said. "I really don't care who goes in the game or anything. I just gotta go out there and do my job."
While Moore isn't worried about creating chemistry with another new quarterback, he does believe there's an upside to the stability the Bears have with Fields under center.
"I'm real excited," Moore said on playing with Fields. "I heard a lot of good things. We've been talking it up for a few days, so looking forward to getting on the field.
"[To] come to a better situation with a stable quarterback, the sky's the limit from there."