3 reasons Chicago Bears had to trade for Chase Claypool
1. Chicago Bears have an excess of draft picks
When the Chicago Bears traded for Chase Claypool, one of the first questions was which second-round pick was going to Pittsburgh. The Bears just got a second-round pick from the Baltimore Ravens, so they were sitting on two of them.
As it appears to be reported, the Green Bay Packers offered a second-round pick as well. So, it appears that the Baltimore pick was on the table, but the Steelers think that the Chicago pick will be higher, so they went with that in a bidding war.
So, the Chicago Bears being able to part with the higher pick, knowing they still had another second-round pick is what enabled them to make this trade over Green Bay.
That is also what makes the loss of a second-round pick sting less than it would for other teams. Without the pick, the Chicago Bears still have eight draft picks, and they still have a second-round pick.
The price may be higher than some thought, but the price of anything is always what somebody is willing to pay. Because the Chicago Bears spending a second-rounder does not hurt as much as others, they feel as though a second is valued differently than others. When you consider this, it is easier to digest spending such a high pick on Claypool.