Chase Claypool got what he wanted by getting out of Chicago.
The disgruntled wide receiver was traded to the high-scoring Miami Dolphins on Friday.
The teams also exchanged late-round draft picks in 2025 and 2026.
Claypool is leaving the Bears after they finally broke out on Thursday night, dominating Washington 40-20 in a game that saw Justin Fields throw four touchdowns and Commanders part-owner Magic Johnson call out his team for a lack of “fire”.
After being drafted in the second round (No. 49 overall) out of Notre Dame in 2020, Claypool has bounced around the league and disappointed as a pro.
He failed to impress in Chicago and was told to keep away from the team before a road victory over the Commanders.
While the Bears found a way to trade Claypool, the remaining squad responded with its first win of the season.
Claypool played in 39 games (27 starts) for Pittsburgh before being traded in November 2022 for a second-round pick.
That move completely backfired for the Bears, as Chicago only got 10 games (five starts) out of the fourth-year receiver before officially parting ways.
Claypool caught 18 balls for 191 yards and one touchdown with Chicago.
He barely made an impact this season and was forced to defend himself after struggling to block for his offense in Week 2.
“I think Chase is going to learn from this situation, we all will, and I wish him luck moving forward throughout his career,” Bears general manager Ryan Poles said in a pregame interview Thursday on ESPN radio.
Miami adds another potential weapon to an already stacked offense that features Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle at receiver.
Mike McDaniel’s crew almost set an NFL record by scoring 70 points in Week 3 and the Dolphins (3-1) are led by dynamic quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Claypool believed that he wasn’t being properly used by the Bears.
Chicago acknowledged that it made a mistake in 2022 by trading for him.
The Bears’ answer on Friday, a day after their first win of a new season, was to move on from Claypool just like the Steelers had before.
“You’re always disappointed in this situation, and it’s definitely something I take ownership of,” Poles said.
“Unfortunately it didn’t work out and we were hoping for him to be a little bit more productive and be someone that could help us take it to the next level.”