5 Reasons why the Chicago Bears did not overpay for Chase Claypool

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The Chicago Bears will struggle to find anything better in free agency

The Chicago Bears may have over $100 million to spend in 2023, but the wide receiver position is not one that looks great on paper. Adding a player like Chase Claypool to the team now, looks much better than overspending on any of these top names slated to hit free agency in the offseason.

"Nelson Agholor Serling Shepard D.J. Chark Randall Cobb Marvin Jones Julio Jones Byron Pringle Allen Lazard Jakobi Meyers JuJu Smith-Schuster Jarvis Landry"

Out of that group, only JuJu Smith-Schuster looks appealing to me and only at a cost of less than $10 million in AAV. Jakobi Meyers is a little intriguing, but who else are you throwing money at that would be a better acquisition than Chase Claypool?

You may not remember, but Chase Claypool finished with nearly 900 yards receiving his rookie year. He also had nine touchdowns. That was the last year that Ben Roethlisberger had somewhat of an arm. Last year he struggled to find the end zone, but still finished with 860 yards receiving and two scores. He’s not going to be the top-end WR1 that we are wanting for Justin Fields, but he helps Fields develop now while they hopefully either trade for a WR1-type like the Eagles and Dolphins did or they use their first-round pick on another WR.