solomon wrote:My only concern is that the Chase Sapphire Card is rumored to suck now and is put in the sock drawer.
Are there better options?
Best, better, suck, etc are all highly subjective and you need to evaluate any card using your needs/wants and not based on rumors or the opinions of others.
The CSP is my most used card but that's not necessarily relevant to you. Again, it's your needs/wants that determine these things.
solomon wrote:The only thing that has me interested is the 50,000 point bonus. If I can merge that into points then can I just merge the 50,000 with my Freedom card and convert that into ($500) cash back?
You can but statement credits are poor value for UR points. Better value is generally attained by transferring to travel partners to redeem.
Are you only interested in the sign on bonus (i.e. churning)? Do ongoing rewards not matter at all?