The Chicago Bears are “leaning toward” moving the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Multiple clubs have approached Chicago about trading the selection, per Schefter.
The Bears have quarterback Justin Fields but plenty of holes elsewhere on the roster. Trading down would give them more ammo to help build a better team around the former first-round pick.
“We have flexibility where if there’s opportunities where if we can turn that into a lot of players that come in and help us, we can do that,” Bears general manager Ryan Poles said in January, according to Schefter.
Teams that fail to address their quarterback position in free agency or via trade could be looking to acquire the pick. Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo are the top free agents, whereas Lamar Jackson and Aaron Rodgers could be available for trade.
The last time the No. 1 overall pick was traded before the draft was in 2016 when the Los Angeles Rams moved up to select quarterback Jared Goff.
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