The Bears are Reuniting D.J. Moore with New QB P.J. Walker
When D.J. Moore shows up in Chicago, he’ll be greeted with a familiar face.
Don’t get twisted. Justin Fields will still be slinging the pigskin this year as QB1. However, the Bears have a new QB2 in the mix.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports P.J. Walker, who has spent the last three years with the Carolina Panthers, is Chicago bound:
From 2020-22, Walker, 28, played in 15 games (made 7 starts) for the Panthers. The stat line isn’t all that inspiring (57.5% completion pct., 1,461 yards, 5 TD, 11 INT, 63.9 rating), but Walker in a QB2 role feels like something that makes sense. And because Walker already has a standing relationship with Moore, maybe there is an additional benefit there in helping Fields get acclimated with his new top target. At a minimum, it bolsters the Bears’ quarterbacks room.
As it stands, Fields and Walker will be joined by Trevor Siemian. The Bears brought in Siemian last year to play behind Fields, then eventually added Nathan Peterman and Tim Boyle down the stretch. It might not register in a big way now, but signing Walker in March could help the Bears from scrambling to find a Boyle-type in December. To me, that is a win on the margins. And I’ll take a roster-building win whenever I can get it.