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Bears GM Explains Mindset Behind Chase Claypool Trade

David Kaestle
Ryan Poles explains why the Bears traded for Chase Claypool.
Ryan Poles explains why the Bears traded for Chase Claypool. / Associated Press

There were plenty of teams in the market for a wide receiver ahead of Tuesday's NFL trade deadline. Chase Claypool was considered one of the best and most available names out there. Ultimately, the Chicago Bears won the Claypool sweepstakes and the Steelers sent him to the Windy City for a second-round pick.

Bears GM Ryan Poles said a lot went into the decision, and ultimately, when they looked ahead to free agency, they realized trading for a wide receiver now would yield better talent due to a weak upcoming class of free agent wide receivers.

It's easy to see why Poles doesn't feel good about the class. The top names (pending anyone being re-signed, of course) are guys like Marvin Jones, Sterling Shepard and Nelson Agholor. For a team that's already thin at the position, getting into a bidding war on those guys isn't exactly exciting.

A GM's job is to perform due diligence and explore all avenues to improve the roster. Poles thought this was his best chance to get Justin Fields the help he so desperately needs. Claypool is a big-bodied wideout that will be a perfect down-field threat to complement Darnell Mooney.

The Bears are 5-point home underdogs in Week 9 against the Miami Dolphins, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's latest NFL odds.

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