Should the New England Patriots be interested in Roquan Smith?

Should the New England Patriots be interested in Roquan Smith?

Published August 10, 2022
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BUFFALO, NEW YORK – JANUARY 15: New England Patriots defense during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium on January 15, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)

In the midst of trying to negotiate a long-term deal with Chicago, Smith has apparently had enough.  He is the centerpiece of the Bears’ defense and would be a great get for nearly every team.  In fact, nearly every team would be upgrading their defense by adding Smith.

There are a few things to unpack here.  The first thing is the likelihood that he is actually traded.  Bears’ General Manager Ryan Poles has been nothing short of a disaster thus far, and his top priority should be trying to develop Justin Fields.

Having an All-Pro linebacker doesn’t really help that.  Poles needs players and draft capital to make this happen.  He needs to infuse the offensive line with more talent and add legitimate NFL receivers to the team.