Roquan Smith requests trade from Chicago Bears: Potential landing spots for star linebacker

Roquan Smith requests trade from Chicago Bears: Potential landing spots for star linebacker

Published August 9, 2022
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“The new front office regime doesn’t value me here,” Smith wrote in a lengthy statement fielded by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. “They’ve refused to negotiate in good faith, every step of this journey has been ‘take it or leave it’. The deal sent to me is one that would be bad for myself, and for the entire LB market if I signed it. I’ve been trying to get something done that’s fair since April, but their focus has been on trying to take advantage of me.

“I wanted to be a Bear for my entire career, help this team bring a (Super Bowl) back to our city. However, they have left me no choice than to request a trade that allows me to play for an organization that truly values what I bring to the table.”

Will the Bears consider trading Smith in what looks like a clear rebuild under the new leadership of head coach Matt Eberflus and general manager Ryan Poles? This offseason, Chicago allowed Allen Robinson to walk in free agency, traded Khalil Mack and cut Danny Trevathan, among other veteran contributors. Could Smith follow those guys out the door?

“I thought we’d be in a better situation,” Poles said to reporters in the wake of Smith’s public statement. “Right now, my intentions are to sign Roquan to this team. We’re gonna take it day by day, and at the end of the day, we’ve got to do what’s best for this organization. But my intentions are to make sure Roquan’s signed to this team.”