5 Major moves Ryan Poles must make to plan for the Chicago Bears 2024 season

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Addressing the Chase Claypool Problem

At this point, it's safe to say that the Chase Claypool experiment is well and truly over. Since being traded to the Bears last November not only has he not produced like many hoped, he has been a bit of a locker-room nightmare.

Claypool called out coaches last week by saying he isn't being used right and that he isn't going to give pointers. He is just going to do what he's told. Many felt like this was the statement that caused him to be a healthy scratch for the Chicago Bears Week 4 game against Denver — that and a string of poor performances this season. The Bears also told Claypool to stay home for the game and the rest of the week.

The news hit that the Bears are looking to shop Claypool and are looking for anything from a 5-6-round pick. With most teams unlikely to spend draft capital on a WR like Claypool, the best option for the Bears is to simply cut him. Not a great look since the trade for Claypool was basically a first-round pick and the team hasn't even gotten a full year out of him.