Analyzing potential trade scenarios between Packers and Panthers

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D.J. Moore, WR

Positional fit: 10/10

Chance of happening: Very low

D.J. Moore is everything the Packers need.

Moore is one of the best young wide receivers in the league, having put together three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons despite not having great quarterback play. Now imagine him catching passes from four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers.

Since 2019, Moore has made 246 catches for 3,525 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is averaging a healthy 14.3 yards per catch.

According to Pro Football Focus, Moore ranks fourth for explosive receptions of 15+ yards since 2019.

Moore would immediately upgrade the Packers’ receiving corps, becoming a go-to target for Rodgers. In a win-now season, this is the type of move Green Bay needs.

However, it’s unlikely to happen.

For starters, pulling off a deal wouldn’t be easy. According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, Carolina “hasn’t shown a willingness” to trade Moore, and Breer notes calls have been made from other teams.

Then there is the contract. Moore signed an extension in the offseason and will have a cap hit of $25.04 million next season, per Spotrac.

If there’s a positive spin, it’s that the Packers would be getting an excellent WR1 who is still only 25 years old, and under contract for multiple years.

But for the reasons noted, a Moore-to-Green Bay trade is likely more fantasy than reality.