Mike Tomlin on Chase Claypool trade: We value the Bears’ second-round pick

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The Steelers are in unfamiliar territory at 2-6 under head coach Mike Tomlin in 2022.

But after trading receiver Chase Claypool to the Bears on Tuesday, Tomlin told reporters on Wednesday that the deal was about adding a draft pick for a player at a position where Pittsburgh feels it has quality depth.

“With the Chase deal, it was about draft capital and value for us,” Tomlin said in his press conference. “The Chicago Bears’ second-round pick is a pick that we value, and we’re excited about what that brings us. But it’s more than just being excited about capital. We’ve got some games left to play and we feel really comfortable with the depth that we have at Chase’s position, the wide receiver position, and more specifically, we’re really comfortable with our playmaking ability inside. He’s made the majority of his plays to this point in the season inside.

“Not only at the wideout position, but that’s a space that we’re really comfortable with, with Pat Freiermuth as well being a significant component of our attack on the interior portions of the field. So, that depth coupled with Pat’s presence and development is what allowed us to feel comfortable in terms of moving him and acquiring that draft capital.”

Claypool had caught 32 passes for 311 yards with a touchdown this season.

Tomlin noted Gunner Olszewski and Miles Boykin could take some of the snaps at slot receiver with Claypool out of the picture. But it sounds like Steven Sims may take the bulk of those reps.

“He’s been making plays when called upon, and that’s what I mean when I’m talking about that I’m comfortable with the emerging depth at our receiver position,” Tomlin said. “He’s been making plays when called upon, and I think based on what we’ve seen thus far, it’s reasonable to expect that to continue.”

Sims has just two catches this season, but has taken three carries for 16 yards. He’s also averaged 8.3 yards per punt return and 29.7 yards per kick return.

The Steelers have their bye this week before hosting the Saints in Week 10.

13 responses to “Mike Tomlin on Chase Claypool trade: We value the Bears’ second-round pick

  1. I know Tomlin has to stay upbeat and give the reporters something to write about, but talking about how much depth and ability you have on offense right now rings hollow. This Steelers offense would bring a tear to Mark Malone’s eye, so I don’t know how much I’d be bragging about how well constructed this offense is and that you have a surplus of talent.

  2. Agreed, but its the AFC North.

    The Steelers are disaster spiraling out of control for sure.

  3. religionisforidiots says:
    November 3, 2022 at 11:59 am
    It’s going to be one of the first five picks, because the Bears are atrocious.

    Have you watched any Bears games recently? The team is trending in the right direction, needs some help on the defense. The offense is already fun to watch and will be better yet with Claypool in the mix.

  4. Insults people that believe in G0d….

    It’s going to be one of the first five picks, because the Bears are atrocious. _____________________

    1st year with a new GM/HC and they’re atrocious? They have the best running game in the NFL while they continue to purge their top players…That’s a lot better than your garbage time Raiders that were supposed to be contenders this year (in your mind only.)

    Raiders 2-5 in week 9 is atrocious

  5. Not the first time and won’t be the last a WR’s mouth far exceeded anything he accomplished on the football field. That was an easy decision for the rebuilding Pittsburgh Steelers and they acquired/get the 2nd rd pick back they originally spent on Chase Claypool. Claypool’s production shouldn’t be that difficult to replace.

  6. I don’t think we’re as bad as Top 5. Bears are looking good, concern being Roquan and Quinn’s departure and impact on the defense.

    When’s the last time the Bears scored 33 and 29 points.

    It’s a new era for Bear fans.

  7. The Steelers are disaster spiraling out of control for sure.

    Rest assured you would say that if they 8-0 it’s just what trolls do.

    Good trade for the Steelers and the Bears are getting a player with a lot of upside if he gets his mind right.

  8. It’s a down year in PIT for sure, but they are reloading. And they are pretty legendary at drafting WRs and developing them, have been for decades. Claypool’s 1st year was great, but he’s been pretty average since. A 2nd rd pick is a good get for him and I bet they turn it into a quality player. I fully expect the Steelers to be back to respectability next year.

  9. I feel like this more our new GM vs a Tomlin thing. Great move imo. We obviously aren’t going to pay big money to a WR when they never get the ball thanks to our OC. Claypool could have been a beast but for some reason Matt Canada doesn’t like to air it out (unless it is in that 2-4 yard mark.

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