Los Angeles Times

Panthers acquire No. 1 pick


The Carolina Panthers traded up to acquire the No. 1 overall pick in the draft from the Chicago Bears in exchange for Carolina’s No. 9 and No. 61 overall picks in 2023, a first-round pick in 2024, a second-round pick in 2025 and star wide receiver

D.J. Moore, according to two people familiar with the deal who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.

The move allows the Panthers to acquire a potential franchise quarterbac­k although it remains unclear which quarterbac­k Carolina prefers. The Bears are committed to quarterbac­k

Justin Fields, giving them leverage to trade down.

Carolina has its choice of Alabama’s Bryce Young, Ohio State’s CJ Stroud, Kentucky's Will Levis or Florida’s Anthony Richardson.

Green Bay Packers executive Mark Murphy confirmed that the team granted the New York Jets permission to talk with Aaron Rodgers . ... The Minnesota Vikings released wide receiver Adam Thielen . ... The Miami Dolphins are picking up the fifth-year option on quarterbac­k Tua Tagovailoa’s contract, a person familiar with the deal told the AP on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins had not officially announced the deal . ... The

Tennessee Titans released 11-year veteran center Ben Jones . ... Otis Taylor, the longtime Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver, died. He was 80 . ... Veteran New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty announced his retirement.

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