First Call: Chase Claypool’s shot at Cleveland’s Dawg Pound; Bears sign an ex-Steeler ahead of Monday night’s game

In Thursday’s “First Call,” Steelers wideout a bit of fun at the expense of the Dawg Pound.

Former Steeler signs with the Chicago Bears as the two teams prepare to play each other Monday night.

Andrew McCutchen reacts to being released by the Phillies. And a few other former Pirates may be hot goods in the off-season business circuit.

Applauded by Claypool

Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool has already been disliked by football fans in Cleveland after his quote “the Browns will applaud next week” from the play-offs.

After Sunday’s win over Cleveland, he ventilates the flames. Claypool posted this photo of himself mocking the “Dawg Pound.” It’s a photo we can’t post because of the middle finger extended back to Claypool.

It had the inscription: “Every bark, no bite.”

This one seems to resonate a little better than calling up a team that just defeated you 48-37. In your stadium. In the finals.

Claypool only had four catches for 45 yards on Sunday. But we’ve already found that his threshold for tash talk is pretty low.

Calling Cassius

It is not uncommon for a team to sign a free agent just before they play their former club.

Such is the case for the Chicago Bears because they recently blacked out former Steelers outside linebacker Cassius Marsh. In addition to seeking some information about the Steelers, Marsh can serve a practical purpose as star passer Khalil Mack suffers a foot injury.

However, the franchise has also given up on reserve newcomer outside linebacker Sam Kamara. Bringing Marsh out of the practice squad as a backup for this week’s game can be a difficult task for a player who has just signed up.

Also, the team cut running back Chris Thompson from the practice squad in the process.

As Fan Nation’s Bear Digest suggested, “The moves could both mean something about his health for Monday’s game – that Mack could be healthy enough to play this week despite a foot injury or runner David Montgomery can now leave an injured reserve after. games there with a knee injury. “

Next chapter

The Philadelphia Phillies declined their club option for next season on quarterback Andrew McCutchen.

The former pirate will receive a $ 3 million ransom instead of $ 15 million. He hit .237 with 47 home runs and 143 RBIs in three seasons in Philadelphia.

The former National League MVP is now 35 years old. The Phillies were his third team since being traded from Pittsburgh to the San Francisco Giants prior to the 2018 season.

But McCutchen insists he still stays more years in Major League Baseball.

In 144 games this season, McCutchen hit .222 with 27 home runs and 80 RBIs. The five-time All-Star with the Pirates will become a free agent.

On the move again?

McCutchen may not be the only ex-pirate on the move.

Rob Bradford of has put together a list of the top 10 Major League players who can be traded this offseason. Two of them are former Pirates All-Stars: Adam Frazier and Josh Bell.

About Frazier, Bradford said, “While the Priests are looking to re-enlist a roster that went 26-43 after the All-Star Break, he’ll probably cost too much for their liking.”

Frazier is projected to earn $ 7.2 million in his third and final year of refereeing qualification. The second baseman only hit .267 in 57 games with San Diego after hitting .324 with the Pirates before being shipped off to Southern California.

As for Bell, Bradford wrote, “If the DH became universal in 2022, it would hardly be surprising if the Nationals received calls from competing teams interested in using Bell as their DH and / or first baseman.”

Bell released .887 OPS after the All-Star Break in 2021, finishing the season with 27 home runs and 88 RBIs.

Tim Benz is a Tribune Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at or via Twitter. All tweets could be reset. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise specified.

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