Steelers don’t have a WR we should trust with a big contract extension

JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool (11). Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports /

Chase Claypool

If we would have had this same conversation a week ago, I no doubt would have told you that Chase Claypool was the Steelers wide receiver most deserving of a massive contract extension when his rookie deal expires. However, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned with the young wide receiver.

Claypool was thoroughly impressive in 2020 despite Ben Roethlisberger grading out as the 32nd quarterback in the league in terms of deep-ball accuracy last season, according to Claypool is the definition of a physical freak and he can win at every level on the field with his rare combination of size, speed, and explosion.

Sadly, his recent involvement in a bar fight is the latest cause for concern when it comes to Chase Claypool’s character and potential longevity with the organization. In a video released by TMZ Sports, Claypool could clearly be seen getting into an altercation outside of a bar, and it certainly looks like he kicks a man while he’s down.

This is the first major off-the-field incident for Claypool, but many have already questioned his chippiness on the field, and some have labeled him a ‘dirty’ player because of it. In addition, his decision to take to social media and bash the Browns after Pittsburgh’s blowout loss to Cleveland was head-scratching. Claypool has the best traits to become a WR1 of this group, but his growing character concerns should make us leary of giving him a massive extension after his rookie contract is up.