5 Reasons why the Chicago Bears did not overpay for Chase Claypool
Other teams were in the market for Chase Claypool
The Chicago Bears were not the only team interested in Chase Claypool. In fact, Adam Hoge of CHGO Sports reported on their podcast show that the Green Bay Packers were also in the running for Claypool. This is likely why the Chicago Bears had to give up their original second-round pick as opposed to the Baltimore Ravens’ second-round pick they acquired in the Roquan Smith trade.
There are times that a team has to “overpay” a little to get a player they want. Although I don’t consider it an overpay, the Bears did what was needed to land Claypool and also keep him out of the NFC North. If the Packers acquired Claypool for a second-round pick, I guarantee many of their fans would be ecstatic. I guarantee that many Bears fans would be screaming, “why didn’t Poles get this guy for Justin Fields?”
If the Chicago Bears were able to use the Ravens pick, it would make this trade even better. However, giving up a second-rounder for a player like Claypool isn’t an overpay at all. Not every team can take advantage of the Cowboys and acquire Amari Cooper for essentially a fifth-rounder. That was the one move I still stand on my hill and say that Ryan Poles missed on. Trading a second-rounder for Claypool should not be a miss.