Steelers Trading Chase Claypool to Chicago
NFL Week 8 - The Chicago Bears are acquiring Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Additional reporting from NFL Network's Tom Pelissero states that Chicago will send a 2023 second-round pick back to Pittsburgh in the trade.
Claypool was drafted 49th overall by the Steelers in the 2020 NFL Draft, finishing top-three in targets in both of his first two seasons in Pittsburgh. Claypool slightly fell out of favor with the Steelers, finishing with 11 receptions through the first four weeks of the season. However, his involvement was crucial in Pittsburgh's win over the Tampa Bay Buccneers in Week 5, reeling in crucial third-down conversions as well as one of Pittsburgh's two touchdowns on the day.
Claypool's -7.7% receiving DVOA and 18 receiving DYAR would both be the highest on the roster. He's currently ahead of Darnell Mooney (-13.3%, -6) as the only other Bears receiver with a minimum 32 passes, as well as non-qualifiers Dante Pettis (-7.8%, 7) and Equanimeous St. Brown (-10.5%, 4).
According to OverTheCap, Claypool will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2023 season, with a cap hit of $2.1 million next year.