Breaking down the Chicago Bears trades involving Chase Claypool

Just how bad was the Chase Claypool trade for the Chicago Bears?
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Welp, that was short-lived. The Chicago Bears announced that Chase Claypool is being traded to the Miami Dolphins for essentially a tuna salad sandwich. Alright, that might be a bit insensitive to the tuna. The actual trade is Chase Claypool and a 2025 seventh-round pick for the Dolphins' 2025 sixth-round pick. This trade is just a way for Ryan Poles to recoup anything for what might go down as the worst trade in Chicago Bears history. That's saying something seeing they sent Greg Olsen to the Carolina Panthers for a third-round pick. Olsen went on to have a Hall of Fame career.

When we look at the swap, it gets even worse if these two teams remain on a similar path to what we are seeing now. The Miami Dolphins are currently 3-1 on the year and have looked dominant outside of their one loss to the Buffalo Bills. Will bringing in a player like Chase Claypool cause the Dolphins' season to go downhill? The Steelers went 2-6 before trading Chase Claypool in 2022. After the trade, Pittsburgh went 7-2. Chicago didn't win a single game with Chase Claypool. The offense had a huge shift during the two games he was benched and the team snapped its 14-game losing streak. Not a good sign for the Dolphins.

The Chicago Bears fell in love with Chase Claypool for wrong reasons

As someone who tends to cheer for Notre Dame, I am usually biased toward players who come out of South Bend. It's one reason why I'm a bigger Cole Kmet fan than most. It's another reason why I thought Chase Claypool was worth a second-round pick when he was selected by the Steelers in 2020. It's also why I was excited when Ryan Poles made the trade for Claypool last season. I was hopeful that with a change of scenery, he could recapture the production he saw in his rookie season. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case. Now, he finds himself on the move again.

Let's take a look at the trade that brought Claypool into Chicago.