Chase Claypool Somehow Lands With AFC Contender

After disappointing showings in Chicago and Miami, Claypool has landed a new opportunity with the Bills.
Nov 20, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Chase Claypool (10)
Nov 20, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Chase Claypool (10) / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Former Chicago Bears wide receiver Chase Claypool did not have a memorable tenure in the Windy City. 

The Bears had high expectations for Claypool after they acquired him in a trade during the 2022 season from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Claypool had a great first two seasons in Pittsburgh, where he scored 11 total receiving touchdowns and had at least 800-plus receiving yards.

However, the former Notre Dame receiver wore out his welcome in the Steel City and Chicago decided to take a chance on him. The former second-round pick didn’t do much with the Bears in 2022, recording 14 receptions (29 targets) for 140 yards (seven games).

And things didn’t change the next season as Claypool only had four receptions (14 targets) for 51 yards and a touchdown (three games). The Bears ultimately traded Claypool to the Miami Dolphins at the trade deadline where he failed to make an impact.

Bears News: Chase Claypool Shockingly Joins Buffalo Bills

The 25-year-old wide receiver hasn’t received a ton of interest this offseason, but he’s found a new opportunity, which could be the perfect landing spot for Claypool.

The Buffalo Bills announced on Friday that they signed Claypool to a one-year deal. This is the perfect landing spot for the former second-round pick as the Bills lost their top two receivers in the offseason (Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis).

The Bills have begun the process of revamping their wide receiver core, taking Keon Coleman in the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft. However, Buffalo can’t put everything on Coleman’s shoulders as he’s still a rookie at the end.

Therefore, they will hope that Claypool can take advantage of this opportunity and look like the receiver we saw in Pittsburgh and not Chicago. If he looks like the receiver we saw in the Windy City, Claypool might not last the entire season in upstate New York.

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