A new team has emerged in the Chase Claypool trade discussions

Chase Claypool, Steelers, Packers (Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images)
Chase Claypool, Steelers, Packers (Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images) /

With the NFL trade deadline taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 1, there is a new team that inquired about Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool.

The NFL trade deadline is on Tuesday, Nov. 1, a matter of days away. Plenty of players have been on the move, including wide receivers. Robbie Anderson was traded to the Arizona Cardinals by the Carolina Panthers, and Kadarius Toney was acquired by the Kansas City Chiefs from the New York Giants.

One wide receiver that has been linked to trade rumors in the lead-up to the deadline is Chase Claypool of the Pittsburgh Steelers. There is now a new team that has been linked to Claypool.

During an appearance on “the Mackey and Judd Podcast,” Darren Wolfson of SKOR North said that a team that has made an inquiry about Claypool was the Minnesota Vikings. (Quote can be heard at the 6:28 mark of the video linked above.)

“I have heard that there has been chatter with Pittsburgh. I don’t sense anything is on the cusp, that it has been serious dialogue. But [the Vikings] have at least made an inquiry about [Chase] Claypool,” said Wolfson, h/t MinnesotaSportsFan.com. “My understanding is there’s been dialogue with Denver but I don’t know the specifics there, so I’m not ready to say yes, they’ve specifically inquired about Jerry Jeudy. Because you think about one of their tight ends that is available. You think about KJ Hamler. There’s a myriad of possibilities in play with the Broncos.”

Vikings linked to Steelers’ Chase Claypool ahead of trade deadline

Wolfson notes that he does not know if this meant the Vikings went into serious discussions with the Steelers for Claypool, but that they have at least inquired about him.

The Vikings are 5-1 on the season and have a two-game lead over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. They are in a position to make some additions to ensure a deep playoff run in what is basically a wide-open NFC.

Back on Oct. 23, NFL Network national insider Ian Rapoport reported that Claypool is not expected to be dealt, “barring a shift.”

Claypool is in his third season with the Steelers. He shined in his rookie season, recording 62 receptions for 873 yards and nine touchdowns on 109 targets. Claypool put up similar numbers in 2021, logging 59 receptions for 860 yards, but just two touchdowns.

This season, well, the Steelers offense has been far from a powerhouse. They made the switch from quarterback Mitch Trubisky to rookie Kenny Pickett. In seven games, Claypool recorded 28 receptions for 266 yards and one touchdown.

The trades have been flying as we approach closer and closer to the Nov. 1 deadline. It will be interesting to see whether Claypool will be dealt elsewhere, or if he will remain in Pittsburgh.

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