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“13 Million Dollars a Year & I’ve Got to Give You a Pep Talk!” – Shannon Sharpe Rips Chase Claypool for Lackluster Performance as Contract Year Looms Over Bears Receiver

Published 09/24/2023, 8:51 AM EDT

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Is Bears wide receiver Chase Claypool living up to the hype? Last week, critics unleashed a barrage of criticism aimed at the Bears’ WR, accusing him of lacking the effort needed to excel on the field. But in the recent showdown against the Buccaneers, Claypool seemed to silence his detractors when he secured his first touchdown pass wearing the Bears’ jersey.

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Yet, despite this flicker of brilliance, former tight end Shannon Sharpe remains unimpressed. Sharpe, known for his frank and unfiltered opinions, continues to lambaste Claypool, who is currently in the midst of a pivotal contract year with the Chicago Bears.

Lackluster play by Chase Claypool draws Shannon Sharpe’s ire


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As ESPN examines Claypool’s 2023 season stats, they tell a story of 3 receptions, 36 yards, and 1 touchdown in two games. In Sharpe’s eyes, this falls far short of expectations, especially for a player entering a contract year. In a recent podcast ‘Nightcap with Unc and Ocho’, Co-host Chad Johnson explains what’s wrong with Claypool, saying, “Chase needs a little confidence. I’m telling you…Chase can play.” It appears that the Bears share Sharpe’s sentiments, as they are reportedly displeased with Claypool’s performance thus far.

NFL pandit Sharpe seems not happy, said D.J. Moore recently had a conversation with him, “That’s what DJ Moore said, they had a talk with this man, right? ‘You tell me, you’re making $10, $12, $13 million a year, and I’ve got to give you a pep talk’” However, not everyone agrees with Sharpe’s criticism.


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Johnson emphasized, “Sometimes all you need is a little push, a little pick-me-up, and it has to come from the people closest to you.” Meanwhile, the rumor mill is churning, with reports suggesting that the Dallas Cowboys are eyeing Chase Claypool as a potential trade target.

Is Chase Claypool the Dallas Cowboys’ next big catch in 2024?


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According to Heavy, WR Claypool’s impending free agency in 2024 makes him an enticing option for the Cowboys, even as they grapple with concerns in their secondary following Trevon Diggs’ season-ending injury.

Chase Claypool is playing for his second team, but he’s still under his initial four-year, $6.6 million rookie contract. “Claypool is a gifted receiver when he’s at his best. He is a big, physical presence who isn’t quite like anyone else the Cowboys have,” As per a report by Alex Ballentine from Bleacher Report, “and would provide some insurance against an injury like the MCL sprain that held Brandin Cooks out of Week 2.”


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However, first, the question remains: Is Chase Claypool on the verge of a breakout season, or is he destined to remain an enigma on the field?

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Mohammad Asif Ansari


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Mohammad Asif Ansari is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for bringing sports news to life through engaging content. As an ardent sports fan, Ansari likes to cover core sports angles. His latest article, “Dallas Cowboys Reportedly Making It Difficult for Aaron Rodgers to Pursue His Dream Team” got a hoard of interested sports readers.
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