One of the biggest disappointments from the 2021 season, the Steelers may attempt to trade Claypool this offseason.
Many expected Chase Claypool to make some serious leaps as a player in 2021. As a rookie, he was a dynamic receiving and scoring threat from all over the field. Many expected him to reprise that role in his second season and make some jumps in terms of total yards and catches. Instead, Claypool was an inconsistent threat that had more than a few off-the-field and maturity issues.
Why the Steelers should trade him
While the team may look past that to keep the talented receiver, they could just as well flip him while he still has value. Devin Bush was in a similar spot earlier this season. His play was falling off, but he still had some potential given his return from injury and previous play. Now the team is stuck with him through next season, and he will likely walk, garner the team very little in return for him.
While Claypool’s season was disappointing, he still posted almost 900 yards on the season. As well, he is still that freaky height-weight-speed threat that teams covet. Any team with a need at receiver could use a threat like Claypool. As well, he still has two years left on his deal. Another mediocre season and he will have essentially no value next season. If the team wants to move him, now is the time. Here are five trades the Steelers should consider for Claypool this offseason.