The Chicago Bears have a lot of promise going into 2023. Justin Fields is looking to make another leap and the team got better in the offseason via the trade with the Carolina Panthers and free-agent signings. The Bears started bringing in more talent last year when they traded a second-round pick for wide receiver Chase Claypool. He struggled last year but there was optimism that he just needed a full offseason. Unfortunately, he is having trouble with self-motivation and many members of the organization are reportedly unhappy with the receiver.
Chicago Bears Unhappy With Chase Claypool
According to ESPN’s Waddle & Silvy show, the Bears thought that this offseason would be different with Claypool. “All I can tell you is it isn’t trending in a way that the Bears have wanted it to trend in this offseason,” Marc Silverman said Wednesday. He is currently nursing a soft-tissue injury so he is not practicing which will hurt his rapport with Fields. Silverman did admit that there is a long way to go.
“I have heard from a few people inside that building that he is not somebody who is very self-motivated,” Silverman said. “There’s a long way to go. Chase Claypool can change the narrative.”
Collossal Failure Of A Trade Right Now
The Bears gave up the 32nd pick for Claypool. This is basically a first-round pick as Miami had to forfeit theirs in 2023. The Bears were hoping that Claypool would become a regular contributor. It’s starting to look like a colossal failure. The knock on the organization has been they have not done enough to surround Fields with talent. They definitely have tried but now Claypool needs to show he has the motivation to be better. He is in a contract year so the hope is that he finds a reservoir of motivation somewhere for this season.
The Chicago Bears are hoping that Chase Claypool comes around. These kinds of reports are not the ones that fans want to hear especially from a team that is looking to become a sleeper playoff team. This will be a storyline to watch for the Bears throughout this offseason.