Arrival of D.J. Moore could complicate Bears’ relationship with Chase Claypool

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The Steelers traded receiver Chase Claypool in lieu of giving him the contract he surely will be expecting, possibly before the 2023 season begins. Now that the Bears, who acquired Claypool for a second-round pick, have added receiver D.J. Moore in the trade out of the No. 1 overall pick in the draft with the Panthers, the relationship with Claypool could become complicated.

Moore’s contract averages more than $20 million per year. He’ll make slightly more than that in 2023. Next year, his pay dips to $17 million. In 2025, he’ll make just over $16 million.

Given the cash flow in the final two years of the contract, Moore may be looking for a new contract after the coming season. Claypool quite possibly is looking for one now.

With the receiver market sent haywire last year and given the ongoing growth of the salary cap, what will Claypool want? What will he get? This could be Chicago’s final year under the Justin Fields rookie contract, although a long-term deal likely would carry manageable cap numbers in the early years.

The question from the standpoint of overall roster construction becomes the amount of money that will be invested in the receiver position. Will they pay Claypool now, and then face potentially having to pay Moore later (or sooner)? Will they eventually have $50 million in cap space devoted to the top two positions on the receiver depth chart?

Or maybe Claypool will get hot-potato’d to a new team, with the Bears recovering a draft pick for a player that can’t or won’t pay what he wants. Or maybe they’ll keep him for 2023, and let him walk away in free agency.

It’s currently unclear what the arrival of Moore means to Claypool. But it surely means something, even if what it means is that the Bears will be investing a lot of future cash and cap space in the wideout position, years before they become a team that plays indoors.

27 responses to “Arrival of D.J. Moore could complicate Bears’ relationship with Chase Claypool

  1. The Bears should trade Claypool, a 2nd, and a future third round pick to the Bengals for Tee Higgins.

  2. I suspect after some time has passed and people have been able to reflect further on this trade, we’ll see that the Bears pulled the trigger too soon, and that DJ Moore is a good, but certainly not top tier, receiver. Still can’t fathom how the team decided to pull the trigger without starting a bidding war closer to draft day.

  3. Extend DJ Moore and make this a prove it year for Chase Claypool.
    Moore has been a multiple thousand yard receiver with Kyle Allen, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Darnold as his quarterbacks. Meanwhile Claypool’s production has declined since his rookie season and has never had even a 900 yard year.

  4. The Steelers traded Claypool because he gets no separation, he can’t stay on his feet & he doesn’t know how to high point the ball.

  5. The thing is, DJ Moore is actually worth his contract. Chase Claypool is NOT worth what he’s expecting or hoping for.

  6. Claypool hasn’t earned having his feelings be worried about. When he shows consistant production, he can cry. Until then, you got one year left on your deal, make yourself some money and ball out. He should be able to be a solid WR2. Honestly more potential than Moore.

  7. Draft TCU WR Johnston at #9 and dump Claypool for a bag of chips. Hind sight makes that trade look really bad but at the time Poles had no idea what he had after the season ended.

  8. With Justin Fields plating the QB position, no Bears receiver is going to put up good numbers (Targets, catches, or yards). Claypool has probably already figured out that he needs new team and is either waiting for free agency or waiting to be traded again.

  9. Not gonna matter with a running back trying to hit a moving target with a football.

  10. Maybe teams will stop trying to reset the market every time mid-level player comes up for a contract. Or teams will realize that a fresh crop of recievers comes in every year. Then we’ll see the WR market go the way of the RB market.

  11. Zero reason to do anything with Claypool right now. He hasn’t proven that he’s worth a big money extension from anyone yet. Mooney is a lot more likely to get extended than Claypool at this point. If someone comes knocking, sure, trade him. But otherwise, he needs to play out the season.

  12. It’s more likely to complicate the relationship between the GM and the owner. You have a young QB who’s still too young and inexperienced to have a final evaluation on, but he’s definitely not exceeding expectations, so far. That can cause GM’s to press the panic button prematurely, as the owners generally start asking questions. Especially when you had the number one pick in the upcoming draft, which you already traded away. But the Bears are making the same mistake that a lot of young GM’s have made. They’re trying to surround their young QB with some WR weapons, but that’s the wrong thing to do. Sometimes under pressure, GM’s do the wrong thing. They start telling the owner that their young QB is going to be fine, but he needs weapons. In reality, the best way to support a young QB is to take away as much pressure as possible. QB’s have much more pressure when their team is behind. They start forcing stuff, and the defense knows what’s coming. It’s much more difficult for a young QB to operate when the defense knows you’re throwing, and they’re coming after you with all kinds of blitz packages. So, rather than spend precious resources on things that won’t matter, the Bears should be building up their defense. A great defense helps in so many ways. With a great defense you often only have to go 60 yards to score a TD, or just 20 yards to get into field goal range. A great defense changes everything for a young QB. Having good WR’s does nothing when the defense has six DB’s on the field because you’re behind and they know you have to throw. If they don’t get help on defense, someone else might be left with the task of figuring out the contracts for these WR’s.

  13. Claypool should be paired up with Murray in Arizona.. guys who rely on natural talent more than working at thier craft.. j/s lol

  14. Next season is QB audition year. Hence all the weapons they can muster. If he fails then new QB.If he passes then address the defence with all those picks. Probable application will be less dramatic than stated but the general principle applies as the QB is NOT the current regimes choice.

  15. I’ll bet Les Claypool gets as many touchdowns as ole’ Chase. Future CFL HOFer.

  16. Before you can seek a high dollar contract, you have the prove you’re worth it. To date, with all due respect to the kid, he hasn’t.

  17. “Will they eventually have $50 million in cap space devoted to the top two positions on the receiver depth chart?”

    What? How in your wildest imagination world would Moore and Claypool ever account for $50M in cap space? That is, assuming Claypool hangs on to the #2 spot, and there’s no guarantee on that!

  18. The time to evaluate Fields will be when he has some weapons around him and doesn’t spend time running for his life because of a line that can’t pass protect but can run block.. Most are aware that him running the ball was because he was the best option to move the ball. People who have actually seen him play at OSU realize that he was a pocket passer whose option was to run second. If Fields improves his passing this year, these things will happen:

    1. The Bears will be a better team and score more points.
    2. The people that are calling him a running back or that he’s no good will not admit that they were wrong, and will find other players to disparage on other threads.

  19. Claypool is such a diva. After a promising start, Steelers were happy to get rid of him. But, did they replace one diva with another in Perkins?

  20. Arrival of D.J. Moore could complicate Bears’ relationship with Chase Claypool

    With the serious lack of production Claypool put up with the Bears if he get’s triggered then put his butt on the trading block!

  21. Who will be throwing to these new receivers? Fields will never be more than a very average running back and a very mediocre passer.

  22. donaldputin says:
    March 12, 2023 at 6:28 pm
    I’ll bet Les Claypool gets as many touchdowns as ole’ Chase. Future CFL HOFer.
    Now that’s the kind of humor we need around here. & he can play the anthem…Hey Ooooooo.

  23. Been watching NFL for 40 yrs – Claypool may be the weakest 6’4 230 lb player I’ve ever seen. 5’9 CBs repeatedly dislodge passes to him. Runs like his legs are shackled together. Steelers totally gutted the Bears for what is essentially the last pick of the first round. Cant wait to see what this diva asks for, in a contract.

  24. It’s not complicated at all. Either Claypool plays up to his talent with a legit WR1 opposite him and gets a nice payday from Poles, or he’s out after the ’23 season. The Bears front office and coaches have issued Chase the challenge — let’s see how he responds.

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