Are the Steelers willing to trade Chase Claypool?

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With plenty of receivers being traded this year, the challenge becomes figuring out the next one who could move from one city to the next.

One name that continues to percolate is Steelers receiver Chase Claypool.

From a big-picture perspective, the Steelers may not be inclined or able to give Claypool the kind of contract he’ll want, as soon as the current season ends. They know how to draft and develop receivers. The position has potentially become for the Steelers what the pass-rushing linebacker gig once was. Good veteran exits, another player enters, becomes good, and on it goes.

But here’s the basic reality. If the Steelers have decided that they won’t be paying Claypool market value or close to it, what’s the rush in trading him? If the compensation will come in the form of 2023 draft picks, the Steelers can trade him in March and get the same deal — and they get to use him for the balance of the season.

Then there’s the possibility that the Steelers will win this weekend (crazier things have happened). If they upset the Eagles and enter the bye at 3-5, they may think they’re still potential contenders for a playoff run. If they lose, it’s easier to sell assets at the deadline.

Ultimately, the question may be whether they think they’re getting more now or later for Claypool. If they can set up an auction in the short term among teams that believe they’re a receiver away from being a Super Bowl contender, maybe the Steelers will end up with more now than later.

Regardless of the timing, Claypool becomes an obvious candidate to eventually land with a different team. He’ll want more than the Steelers will pay, and it will be impossible for the Steelers to justify anything close to what he wants, given the limited extent that they use him.

Through seven games in 2022, Claypool has been targeted 44 times, with 28 catches for 266 yards and one touchdown. His best year came in 2020, with 62 catches for 873 yards and 11 touchdowns.

9 responses to “Are the Steelers willing to trade Chase Claypool?

  1. Possibly the most overrated WR in the NFL the last two seasons. A lot of his production in his best season came in one game! If Pitt could get anything for him, they should take it before the other GM’s buzz wears off or Claypool tears an ACL this weekend. Pickens projects as a better downfield weapon to pair with possession WR Johnson. Then hope they didn’t screw the pooch by taking this interception waiting-to-happen guy in Pickett. Still smarting from not drafting Marino in ’83 – so this is what you get. Fix your offensive line and worry about your third and fourth WRs after that.

  2. The Steelers can get more now if there’s a team out there that’s desperate enough for a receiver, and thinks that Claypool will make the difference, to pay the higher price.

    The team that immediately springs to mind is the Packers, but while they’re certainly desperate enough, I’m not sure they’re delusional enough to think that just adding Claypool will turn things around.

    Then again, they were delusional enough to extend Rodgers last offseason when anyone with two eyes could see their window had closed, and it was time to tear things down and start the rebuild.

  3. Claypool came out with very high expectations and he has had flashes of greatness. But overall, he’s just a good receiver. Had a few drops but not a great liability. Just a good receiver. He definitely doesn’t deserve top three in the league “silly money”

  4. Pittsburgh has never had a problem finding good WRs in later rounds of the draft, so yeah, they should trade Claypool.
    Anything they can get for him is a net positive since he’s already being outplayed by George Pickens, without the matching level of diva-like idiocy.

  5. Guys like Claypool are a dime a dozen. With that being said he would instantly become the Packers WR1, which says how bad their receivers are.

  6. It seems like until last game against Miami, Claypool always tried to catch the ball falling backwards and would rarely catch the ball and try to make plays after the catch. Play him this weekend, throw to him a lot to showcase him more, and dump him off. His antics last year still leave a bad taste in my mouth. It’s not like he is going to save our year.

  7. I would be shopping Dionte Johnson. He under performs, is over payed, and has what seems to be a horrible attitude. Change of scenery might do him and the other WR’s good…

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