The decision made by Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles to trade a second-round pick for Chase Claypool worsens week by week.

In theory, the deal made sense at the time. The Bears were gaining an established wide receiver that had shown plenty of flashes in his two-plus seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. At six-foot-four, Claypool had the size, speed, and strength to become an impact player in Chicago’s system.

Unfortunately, Claypool has been nothing short of a disappointment.

The Bears move to 0-8 since acquiring Claypool ahead of the trade deadline in Week 10. In Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions, Claypool returned from a knee injury that sidelined him after a Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

It was not the reemergence Bears fans were hoping for. Claypool was shut out on the day as Justin Fields targeted him on one occasion. Claypool’s frustration boiled over, tossing his helmet on the ground while exchanging words with Bears wide receiver coach Tyke Tolbert.

Claypool has just 12 catches for 111 receiving yards in six games with Chicago. The Steelers look to be the winners of this trade so far, but that doesn’t mean Poles should double down on a major mistake by extending Claypool at the end of the season.

Injuries and inconsistency has plagued Claypool along with the Bears’ inept passing game. With an excess of salary cap space waiting this off-season, Chicago should look elsewhere in the wide receiver market rather than turning this season’s problem into a long-term issue.

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