FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 13th, 2023
PETER KING RECAPS BLOCKBUSTER TRADE FOR NO. 1 OVERALL PICK AND PREVIEWS 2023 NFL DRAFT IN THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF “FMIA”
“Chicago got enough for the pick, assuming D.J. Moore can be the primo receiver Justin Fields desperately needs. Carolina paid through the nose, and recent draft history is littered with lousy tradeups into the top five for quarterbacks who didn’t pan out.” – King on the Panthers trade for the Bears’ No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft
“Trading to number one and choosing (Florida QB Anthony) Richardson might turn out to be brilliant. But picking Richardson number one after dealing five prime pieces for him is a major risk.” – King on the Panthers potentially drafting Florida QB Anthony Richardson
“This deal is an admission the Dolphins won’t be a title team without major improvement on defense.” – King on Rams trading CB Jalen Ramsey to Dolphins
“Take the Jets’ gig for the next two years…Imagine going down as the best for this franchise since Joe Namath. That’d be a cool way to end a great career.” – King’s advice for Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 13, 2023 – Peter King recaps the Bears’ and Panthers’ blockbuster trade for the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft in this week’s edition of Football Morning in America, available now exclusively on NBCSports.com. King also discusses the Dolphins’ trade for Jalen Ramsey, the NFL prospects for Bryce Young, and more.
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The following are highlights from this week’s edition of Football Morning in America:
Peter King on the Panthers trading for the Bears’ No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft: “The prevailing wisdom: Chicago got enough for the pick, assuming D.J. Moore can be the primo receiver Justin Fields desperately needs. Carolina paid through the nose, and recent draft history is littered with lousy tradeups into the top five for quarterbacks who didn’t pan out.”
King on the value of the Bears acquiring WR D.J. Moore: “When you try to figure out the relative value of Moore in the deal, think of it as probably equal to a mid-first-round pick — because in a down year for receivers in the draft and certainly in free agency, a wideout in the range of 15th- to 20th– best in the league with three manageable years left on his contract entering his age-26 year has great value.”
King on the Panthers’ QB preference in this year’s draft: “I’ve heard the same rumors everyone else has — that (Panthers head coach) Frank Reich loves Florida QB Anthony Richardson…Trading to number one and choosing Richardson might turn out to be brilliant. But picking Richardson number one after dealing five prime pieces for him is a major risk.”
King on Alabama QB Bryce Young’s chances of being drafted No. 1 by Carolina: “There probably wasn’t a quarterback in college football last year who was as smart and resourceful as Young…if (Reich) thinks Young’s markedly the best prospect, he’ll be good taking him.”
King on a potentially revamped Bears roster: “It’s amazing how different the Bears could look come training camp. Imagine Fields throwing to D.J. Moore outside or in the slot, with (OT Orlando) Brown protecting his blind side, and (Northwestern OT Peter) Skoronski plugged in either at guard or tackle as a day-one starter…That’s all fantasy football, of course, but (Bears GM Ryan) Poles has the cap room and draft picks to make some plug-and-play decisions between now and May 1.”
NEWS & NOTES
King on the Dolphins trading for CB Jalen Ramsey: “Miami will contend if Tua Tagovailoa can stay on the field most or all of the regular season. That’s a certainty. But this deal is an admission the Dolphins won’t be a title team without major improvement on defense.”
King on this year’s NFL free agency class: “The crop, as has been well documented, is the worst it’s been in some years. As one prime agent told me Saturday, ‘The full evaporation of the middle class in the NFL is underway.’ That might be a bit dramatic, but another agent told me over the weekend he expects teams to play one team against another more this year than ever before — because there simply aren’t enough desirable players on the market.”
King on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: “Take the Jets’ gig for the next two years. Your life has been about adventure. (Weirdness too, but adventure.) Imagine going down as the best for this franchise since Joe Willie Namath off-off-Broadway. That’d be a cool way to end a great career.”
King on Ravens QB Lamar Jackson: “I have no idea what Jackson’s going to do — and I can’t find one team anxious to give him a fully (or nearly fully) guaranteed contract for four or five years.”
King on the positive report from 49ers QB Brock Purdy’s elbow surgery: “Just another reason why San Francisco won’t overreact and spend/draft significantly on a quarterback. This also gives Trey Lance a runway to be the number one guy through the offseason, with the reps and responsibility that entails. Overall, good news for (49ers head coach) Kyle Shanahan.”
King on Saints QB Derek Carr and Seahawks QB Geno Smith: “I think Derek Carr and Geno Smith are absolutely in the right places for them. Carr will love the offense and receiving talent with the Saints. Smith is the living, breathing example of a quarterback who is handed a golden chance and plays excellent football when no one thought he would.”
Patriots WR Matthew Slater to King on retired Patriots S Devin McCourty: “I do think that it’s important to acknowledge how good of a player he was. Our football team really had two heartbeats for a long time — Tom [Brady] and Devin. Devin was the one unifying voice on our defense for a long, long time.”
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