The Green Bay Packers were willing to spend big to get D.J. Moore out of Carolina.
Earlier Sunday, Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported on the team’s interest in Moore but said the Panthers weren’t willing to deal.
The Panthers really wanted to keep Moore.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports expanded on NFL Network’s report, stating the Packers offered up to a first-round pick in exchange for Moore but were turned down.
Here’s the segment from Glazer from Sunday:
OBJ should be fully cleared by the end of the week, where will he end up? Is Brandin Cooks still on the market? Why didn't the Packers make a trade?@JayGlazer has the inside scoop ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/fEy3Sg0nGf
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 6, 2022
Moore, with his ability after the catch and physicality down the field, would have been a near-perfect fit for Aaron Rodgers in the Matt LaFleur’s offense, and there’s no doubt the Packers need the help at wide receiver, both in the short and long term.
But it takes two sides to get a deal done, and the Panthers weren’t willing to part ways with a core player.
Moore, 25, has 33 catches for 425 yards and three touchdowns this season. The fifth-year pro entered 2022 with three-straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons. An added bonus is that Moore is signed through the 2025 season, so acquiring him now wouldn’t have meant a short-term rental.
In the end, a big offer from the Packers wasn’t enough. Moore remains in Carolina as a key part of the Panthers future, while the Packers are moving forward without getting any help at the trade deadline.