Wide receiver Chase Claypool
Chiefs fans know the narrative around wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster coming from the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had a WR2 ceiling, and couldn’t cut it in the Steelers’ evolving receiving corps. Now, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool is another popular trade candidate with a similar narrative.
Claypool would be an all-potential trade candidate after quiet campaigns in 2021 and 2022. Claypool had an impressive debut season in 2020, starting 16 games and recording nine touchdowns. But Claypool has not capitalized upon that campaign and now looks lost in the shuffle in Pittsburgh. The Steelers spent second- and fourth-round selections on wide receivers in the 2022 NFL Draft, further clouding Claypool’s long-term fit.
The Steelers are clearly in rebuild mode, with rookie Kenny Pickett taking the offensive reigns in Pittsburgh. Claypool is under contract through the 2023 season and is only 24 years old. Any team trading for Claypool is hoping for his rookie form, and better down the road.
The Chiefs should avoid Claypool, as he has medical concerns and a probable high price tag. He has pedestrian numbers this season and would not remarkably improve the receiving corps. Besides, Claypool would only take more opportunities away from other Chiefs receivers who need to see more touches. Looking at you, Skyy Moore.