After securing their first win of the season, the Chicago Bears have decided to part ways with wide receiver Chase Claypool. On Friday, the Bears, who currently hold a 1-4 record, completed a trade with the Miami Dolphins involving Claypool.
The trade includes the Bears sending Claypool and a seventh-round pick in the 2025 NFL Draft to the Dolphins in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the same draft year, pending a physical examination, as confirmed by the team.
This move comes following the Bears’ decision to make Claypool inactive for their previous two games, effectively keeping him away from the team while they explored potential trade opportunities.
There was speculation around the league that the Bears might release Claypool, given his underwhelming performance during his 10-game tenure in Chicago, where he managed 18 catches for 191 yards and a single touchdown. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Claypool’s former team, were content with parting ways with him, and the Bears decided to keep him out of the lineup for two consecutive games.
However, the Miami Dolphins seem to believe that Claypool can still contribute to their team, as evidenced by their willingness to make the late-round pick swap.
During the early part of the season, Claypool displayed a lack of enthusiasm in running routes when he was unlikely to receive the ball, and his blocking efforts were lackluster. In the lead-up to the Bears’ Week 4 game, Claypool publicly expressed frustration, stating that the team wasn’t utilizing his skills effectively, which led to Chicago’s decision to sideline him.
Notably, this marks Claypool’s third team in the past year, showcasing the challenges he has faced in establishing himself in a consistent role.
Last season, midway through the year, the Bears sought to bolster their receiving corps to support young quarterback Justin Fields. With the anticipation of a weak free-agent receiver market in the spring, the Bears opted to acquire Claypool from the Steelers, outbidding the Green Bay Packers. The trade involved the Bears relinquishing their own second-round pick, which, due to their poor performance, turned out to be the 32nd pick overall.
Sources within the league have suggested that Claypool may benefit from firm coaching and require constant guidance to maximize his potential, as he tends to consume a team’s resources.
With this trade, Claypool now has a fresh start with the Miami Dolphins, while the Chicago Bears move forward with their first win in nearly a year under their belt.
Assessment of the Trade by CBS Sports:
The acquisition of Chase Claypool turned out to be a disastrous move for the Chicago Bears. The team traded away their own valuable second-round pick for Claypool during last year’s deadline. Unfortunately, Claypool’s tenure with the Bears yielded minimal production, with just 18 catches for 191 yards and one touchdown. His lack of contribution on the field, coupled with reported issues within the locker room and questions about his effort, made this trade a failure, despite the team receiving some compensation in return.
The Miami Dolphins’ decision to acquire Claypool is intriguing. While it’s often considered a smart move to acquire a talented player at a low point in their career, it remains to be seen how Claypool will fit into the Dolphins’ scheme. He was dissatisfied with his role in the Bears’ offense and will now likely play a secondary role behind Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, competing for targets with players like Braxton Berrios. Whether Claypool embraces this situation or becomes disgruntled, as he did with the Bears, remains uncertain. However, at just 25 years old, Claypool has displayed potential in previous seasons, making this a calculated risk for the Dolphins in exchange for a swap of Day 3 draft picks.
Note: This trade assessment is based on CBS Sports’ analysis and opinions.