NFL Trade Deadline: Bears acquire Chase Claypool for second-round pick

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(670 The Score) The Bears have agreed to a deal to acquire receiver Chase Claypool from the Steelers in exchange for a second-round pick, ESPN reported Tuesday afternoon.

Claypool, 24, has 32 catches for 311 yards and a touchdown in eight games this season. He has 153 receptions for 2,044 yards and 12 scores in three NFL seasons. The 6-foot-4, 238-pound Claypool will give Bears quarterback Justin Fields a big target in a Chicago passing offense that has struggled. The Bears are averaging an NFL-worst 126.9 passing yards per game.

Claypool is in the third season of his rookie contract, so he’s under team control through the 2023 season. Pittsburgh selected him in the second round at No. 49 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Claypool trade continued a busy past week for the rebuilding Bears. On Monday, Chicago traded star linebacker Roquan Smith to Baltimore for a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick. In the immediate aftermath of the latest trade, there were conflicting reports on which second-round pick the Bears would send the Steelers -- their own or the Ravens'.

Last Wednesday, the Bears also dealt veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn to the Eagles for a fourth-round pick.

The Bears’ deal to acquire Claypool came just hours before the 3 p.m. trade deadline. Bears general manager Ryan Poles is scheduled to address the media at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Halas Hall.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.

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