The San Francisco 49ers’ trade of four draught picks to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for Christian McCaffrey established a new benchmark that may impact future transactions. The prospects of giving up the four future picks for one player is undoubtedly an interesting addition to the trade conversation, especially for a running back on a very expensive contract. However, Carolina GM Scott Fitterer was unable to secure a first-round pick for their All-Pro back, which has long been the benchmark for a player of such calibre – think A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Therefore, it only seems sense that the McCaffrey deal will be used as a benchmark if the Pittsburgh Steelers decide to trade away their blue-chip asset, Chase Claypool, in exchange for potential future recompense, as has been suggested by certain people for some time now. That certainly seems to be the case, according to Bill Huber of Packer Central and Dov Kleiman, as officials feel Claypool could fetch “second-round picks – multiple – a third, and a fifth” for his services.
Now granted, it’s possible that the Steelers may never be able to receive that amount of money and will have to make do with less. In 2022, Claypool might go off in a big way, and the front office might decide to give the enormous Notre Dame product a long-term extension of their own instead. In any case, it’s obvious that Claypool will be up high demand over the coming years after putting in two consecutive seasons with 800 or more yards receiving. The only real issue is who and where these possibilities will arise for the current Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver.
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