This Rams-Steelers Trade Sends WR Chase Claypool To Los Angeles

Chase Claypool, Rams, Steelers
NFL Analysis Network

The Los Angeles Rams are one team that needs to make some moves ahead of the trade deadline on November 1st. They are 3-3 on the season and have been unable to find any consistency on either side of the ball and could use an infusion of talent. Could a trade for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool be a possibility?

The offensive backfield is one area that they could look to upgrade. Cam Akers’ tenure with the franchise will be coming to an end one way or another whether it is via trade or release. That leaves the backfield pretty thin, especially with rookie Kyren Williams still on the shelf with an injury.

Los Angeles tried winning the Christian McCaffrey sweepstakes, but they were beaten out by the San Francisco 49ers, who were able to offer a little more draft capital. But, their quest for offensive help should not be over. The next call that they should make is to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are reportedly open to trading wide receiver Chase Claypool.

With a glaring need at running back, how could Claypool fit in with the Rams? He has been used as a ball carrier pretty frequently and would fit into the Rams’ scheme as an offense with misdirection and motion that gets creative when trying to get the ball into their best playmakers’ hands.

Claypool would bring some size, toughness and athleticism to a group that isn’t getting anything from its receivers beyond Cooper Kupp. Tight end Tyler Higbee has produced with the chances he has been provided, but this offense has been a mess all season. Part of that is the offensive line and Matthew Stafford’s ineffectiveness, but they need to try something.

Acquiring Claypool won’t be cheap. The Steelers are reportedly looking for a package similar to the one that the Panthers received for McCaffrey, which was a second, third and fourth-rounder in 2023 and a fifth-rounder in 2024.

Los Angeles could try the package that they offered for McCaffrey, which was all of that minus a fourth-round pick. This is a team still looking to contend for a Super Bowl, so they will be aggressive in making a move. Knowing that other teams could be in on Claypool, it would make sense to make an aggressive offer, putting a package together with multiple picks.

Kadarius Toney, a first-round pick of the New York Giants in 2021, was traded for a conditional third-round pick and a sixth-round pick. Claypool may not have his upside, but at least he can stay on the field. A third, fifth and sixth should be more than enough to entice the Steelers into parting ways with Claypool.