Bears trade for Steeler WR Chase Claypool, give up 2nd-round pick: report

The Bears are finally bringing in some proven help at wide receiver.

They acquired Steelers standout Chase Claypool for a second-round pick hours before the 3 p.m. trade deadline Tuesday.

Claypool fell out of favor with the Steelers after they drafted him in the second round out of Notre Dame in 2020, but should provide an instant boost to the Bears. He has 32 catches for 311 yards and a touchdown this season. Darnell Mooney is the Bears’ leading receiver at 364 yards, but no one else has more than 165.

Claypool, 24, was a force in his first two seasons: In 31 games, he caught 121 passes for 1,733 yards and 11 touchdowns, plus he ran 24 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bears had an extra 2023 second-round pick from trading linebacker Roquan Smith to the Ravens on Monday, so they still have at least one pick in each of the first five rounds of the upcoming draft.

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