3 Best and worst moves Ryan Poles has made as Chicago Bears general manager

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Chicago Bears, Chase Claypool
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2nd Worst Move by Ryan Poles: Trading for Chase Claypool

Let’s not tread lightly here, the early returns on Chase Claypool have been nothing short of disastrous. Not to say he cannot turn it around, but let us call a spade, a spade. Claypool had a very tough time getting onto the field because of snap count limitations and the lack of familiarity with the playbook. This is a valid excuse at first, but Claypool was limited all year snaps-wise because of what we can assume was because of the playbook. I am not willing to give him that excuse for the back end of the season, after the first two weeks his snap count should’ve been much more than it was.

Not only did the Chicago Bears overpay for Claypool, but the two worst picks on this list are hand and hand, and an alley-oop to each other. Poles passed on Pickens, and Pickens walked into Pittsburgh and stole Claypool’s job and lunch money which lead to the Steelers entertaining offers for the 24-year-old receiver.

Although the Bears got very unlucky because no one could’ve known that they would have ended up conceding a first-round value with their second-round pick. But that is a risk they ran and a burn that should remain on their record.