Less than two hours following the block buster trade that sent Detroit Lions star Tight End to the Minnesota Vikings, Ryan Poles and Chicago Bears threw their hat in the trading ring, trading for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Chase Claypool.
The Bears are sending one of their two second-round pick’s in return for the former Notre Dame wide receiver.
The news comes a day after the Bears traded linebacker Roquan Smith to the Ravens. The Bears also sent edge rusher Robert Quinn to the Eagles last week and picked up three 2023 draft picks, including Baltimore’s second-round pick, in those deals.
With the Steelers struggling and star wide receiver Diontae Johnson signing a contract extension earlier this year, Claypool’s name was mentioned around the NFL as a potential trade candidate.
It’s likely Chicago see him as a piece that can help quarterback Justin Fields build on some promising recent performances against the Patriots and Cowboys.The Bears, who lack a true number one wide receiver, will now get a former second round pick with a 6’4″ frame who will hopefully serve as primary target for their young quarterback. Despite a quiet 2022 season, Claypool has shown production over the course of his career. Claypool has 153 catches for 2,044 yards and 12 touchdowns over the course of his career.