This is almost starting to feel like the Antonio Brown situation back in 2019. After sabotaging his trade value the Pittsburgh Steelers shipped Brown to the Raiders who quickly found out they wanted nothing to do with him. Now it's Chase Claypool's turn to get passed around the league.
Just hours before the November 1st trade deadline last year, Steelers GM Omar Khan traded Claypool to the Chicago Bears for their second-round pick in 2023 -- a pick that ultimately became the 32nd overall selection in the draft (and used to select Joey Porter Jr.). Now the Bears have already had enough of the diva wide receiver.
After verbally bashing the coaching staff for claiming that he wasn't being used correctly. Claypool was asked to stay home for Chicago's Week 4 and Week 5 games. In the aftermath, the team sought a trade partner. It was the Miami Dolphins who ultimately answered the call.
Senior NFL Insider Dianna Russini of The Athletic reported Friday morning that Chaypool is being traded to the Dolphins in exchange for a 2025 6th-round. This is a pick-swap deal in which Chicago will surrender Claypool and a future 7th-rounder.
Since his promising rookie season in 2020, Chase Claypool has been an utter disaster. The former second-round pick of the Steelers plateaued in 2021 and his efficiency dipped. Since being traded to Chicago, Claypool has hit rock bottom -- earning just 18 catches dating back to last year (10 total games played).
Claypool has been a disaster since the Steelers trade
In 2023, Claypool suited up for just 3 games prior to being asked to leave the facility. In this time, he caught just 4 of 14 targets for 51 yards and a touchdown, per Pro Football Reference. Justin Fields also had 2 interceptions when thrown in his direction.
If any team can make Claypool work, it's the Miami Dolphins. Mike McDaniel has been an offensive mastermind since becoming taking the job as the head coach. The Dolphins even have a 70-point game this year -- which they achieved even with resting their starters in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos.
McDaniel greatly values speed and athletic traits on offense, so Claypool might be able to find a role. If he can't make it work with McDaniel in Miami, I'm convinced that it's not going to work out anywhere for him.
Claypool's abrasive personality has gotten him in trouble in the past and has rubbed coaches the wrong way. The Pittsburgh Steelers proved that they got rid of him just at the right time. Now if Joey Porter Jr. turns out to be a great player, it will make this trade all the sweeter.