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News Emerges on the Chase Claypool Situation as Bears Reassess Their Position Within a Year

Published 06/17/2023, 8:03 AM EDT

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Motivation is one of the best tools humans have to progress in life. But it doesn’t always come easily. Chicago Bears WR, Chase Claypool is experiencing that himself in his present. Claypool was traded from the Steelers last season, and he had one of his worst seasons with them. This has left the Bears in a precarious position with the new season ahead.

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Chicago Bears saw one of their worst showings in the 2022 season. They put out one of their NFL records in the regular season, winning three and losing fourteen. The season also saw the Bears entertain a franchise-record losing streak, losing 10 games on the bounce. The arrival of Claypool would have sparked some hope but it was all for naught. With recent off-season development, the Bears seem to be regretting their trade for the former Steelers WR.

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Both Bears and Claypool would have hoped for a better 2023 NFL season. With the off-season training almost complete, the Bears do not seem to have seen the progress they had hoped from Claypool. Pat McAfee talks about Claypool and the Bears on the Pat McAfee show.

McAfee says, “Chicago Bears are kind of dealing with a little bit of drama right now. Yeah, there’s uh, literally a report allegedly reports coming out of the Chicago Bears or Chase Claypool, I mean maybe isn’t in the highest of regards.” McAfee hints at unhappiness from the Bears with respect to Chase Claypool.


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McAfee listens to Waddle and Sylvie, who talk about how Chase said he will have gotten the playbook by now. They go on to mention that he had 40 days to get healthy and get into the playbook. Some have also said that he is not a self-motivated person. With the news circling around the franchise, the Bears is reeling from a disappointing season along with Chase Claypool, but one team would be extremely delighted to have dodged the bullet.

Green Bay Packers rejoice after missing out on Claypool


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Time is a tricky mistress. Both sides of the coin are reflected perfectly between Packers, Bears and Chase Claypool. Claypool has struggled ever since joining the Bears from the Pittsburgh Steelers. They were not the only suitors for him at the time of the trade. Green Bay Packers also approached the Steelers to trade Claypool for a second-round pick. But the Steelers decided to trade with the Bears as they believe it will be better for them.

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Had the WR joined the Packers instead, the situation could have been quite different. Or maybe it would have ended up in the same basket the Bears find themselves to be in right now. But, it can only get better for Claypool and the Bears from here on as they prepare for the next season.


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Chicago Bears and Chase Claypool will be looking for a clean slate as they set their sights on the new NFL season. With the Packers seemingly dodging a bullet with Claypool, Bears decision to bring him in looks to be a disaster should the situation remain the same in the 2023 season.

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Written by:

Kushal Jain


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Kushal Jain is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. Having started off writing as a hobby when he was 19, it has snowballed into becoming his full time profession. He is a passionate football fan, or as per the US etymology, soccer fan.
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Abigail Kevichusa