Moore signs one-year deal with Panthers

March, 19, 2013
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TBDAP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastD.J. Moore finished his Bears' career with 133 tackles, 17 pass breakups and one forced fumble.
CHICAGO -- The Carolina Panthers signed former Chicago Bears nickel back D.J. Moore to a one-year contract on Tuesday, Moore confirmed to ESPNChicago.com.

"I don’t know my exact role but I think it’ll be nickel back to start off with," Moore said. "After that, who knows? I’ll play anywhere they let me. You know me, I take the mentality out there that nobody can do my job better. That’s how you have to play. If I play the entire year at nickel, I hope to have six picks and six sacks. Why not think like that?"

Moore traveled to Charlotte on Tuesday morning to visit the Panthers before he agreed to the deal.

"I met with the defensive coordinator, Sean McDermott, and we sat down and talked about a bunch of stuff, life, family, then football," Moore said. "We watched film of Carolina's defense and what they liked to do on defense. Then he popped in tape of me on the Bears and I told him what we were doing on that specific play, what I was thinking, what I was supposed to do, stuff like that.

"I really liked the style Carolina played. When coach was talking, he actually sounded a lot like Rod Marinelli as far as what they expect on defense. You know, things like being aggressive, running to the ball those kinds of things."

Moore became the Bears starting nickel back at the start of the 2010 season and proceeded to intercept 10 passes over the next three years. But the outspoken and fun-loving defensive back lost his job to Kelvin Hayden mid-way through last season and was a healthy scratch for two games.

The Bears told Moore prior to free agency that the organization had no desire to bring him back.

"It's going to be tough leaving Chicago," he said. "I met so many great people whether it was at training camp, or signing autographs or on social media. I really hope people viewed me as a down-to-earth guy. Because I care about that. This is a business, and it's not like I wanted to leave, but I can't dictate how certain decisions are made. I just want to thank all the Bears' fans for supporting me over the years."

Moore finished his Bears’ career with 133 tackles, 17 pass breakups and one forced fumble. He was also a standout return man in college at Vanderbilt.

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Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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