Season Review Shows Steelers Absolutely Fleeced Bears in Chase Claypool Trade

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Pittsburgh Steelers absolutely fleeced the Chicago Bears in their Chase Claypool trade.
The Pittsburgh Steelers absolutely fleeced the Chicago Bears in their Chase Claypool trade. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The official end of the 2022 NFL regular season offers a point of reflection for each and every franchise. This includes the Pittsbugh Steelers, who outperformed expectations with a 9-8 campaign but still missed the postseason for the first time in three years.

The season was a changing of the guard. From Kenny Pickett taking over at quarterback to the Steelers finally cutting ties with Chase Claypool, it was a season of change.

Pittsburgh was likely eager to let Claypool go, but a look at the season stats and Chicago's NFL Draft standing proves the Steelers absolutely fleeced Chicago is this questionable deal.

The Steelers were granted Chicago's second-round pick in the trade. Chicago finished with the league's worst regular season record, and as a result, the first draft pick in each round of the 2023 event. That means the Steelers walked away with the first pick in the second round of April's draft.

But, there's a small hitch in the draft order. The Miami Dolphins were stripped of their first round pick because of tampering, so there's actually only 31 picks in this year's opening round. That slots the now-Steelers pick to 32nd overall.

Essentially, Pittsburgh walked away with a late first-round selection. And what did Chicago get in return? Claypool played in seven games, but only started three, and caught a total of 14 receptions. He finished with a whopping zero touchdowns and just 140 receiving yards... for essentially a first-round pick!

Pittsburgh can call this trade robbery, because that's what it was.

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