Steelers can add Claypool to the deal
Of all of the trades I have outlined, I think this deal makes the most sense for both sides. While I can’t guarantee the Steelers pursue Smith, using Chase Claypool as some trade bait is logical. While he was a star as a rookie, Claypool saw some serious regression in year two. His spot on the roster is still secure, but he certainly can’t be the most comfortable player on the roster now.
With Diontae Johnson now locked up on a new deal, Claypool could be the odd man out. George Pickens has been the star of camp so far, and even names like Anthony Miller and Calvin Austin have shown up in camp. Claypool still has value to this offense, but if the team wants to move forward with some different receivers and an upgrade at linebacker, Claypool could be the odd man out.
The Bears, meanwhile, need some help at receiver. They have Justin Fields ready for a critical year two, yet they have barely surrounded him with a capable crew to catch passes. Claypool would be a huge upgrade in that department. This deal makes the most sense, as both teams get an upgrade, and the draft compensation is minimal.
While the Steelers making a deal for Smith isn’t a lock, there could be interest between the two parties. If a deal occurs, don’t be surprised to see some other players get added to the deal. Any of these five deals could be a potential way for the Steelers to land Smith.