Bears LB Roquan Smith requests trade out of Chicago
Roquan Smith's desire for a lucrative contract extension has yet to be addressed, and his camp's patience is running thin. The linebacker has formally requested a trade, according to a statement released on Tuesday.
Roquan Smith requests trade: Bears 'trying to take advantage of me'
Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith has requested a trade after failing to come to terms on a new contract extension.Smith said the team's new leadership "doesn't value me" and "has been trying to take advantage of me" since talks began in April. He added that forcing an exit "is deeply painful" as he wanted to play in Chicago for his entire career.
#Bears All-Pro LB Roquan Smith has requested a trade. pic.twitter.com/x4vmOMhROt— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 9, 2022
The Bears, who hired general manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus this offseason, offered Smith a backloaded contract that wouldn't have made him the highest-paid linebacker in salary, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.The proposed deal also reportedly contained de-escalators that no non-quarterback earning $15-million-plus annually has in their contract.Indianapolis Colts star Shaquille Leonard currently tops the linebacker market at $19.7 million per year.Smith, who's in the final year of his rookie contract, is one of the rebuilding Bears' few franchise cornerstones after earning back-to-back All-Pro second-team nominations over the past two seasons.The linebacker is currently on the physically unable to perform list. He was reportedly planning to report to training camp but not participate in any practices. The 25-year-old has racked up 524 total tackles, 14 sacks, and five interceptions since the NFC North club selected him at No. 8 in 2018. He produced a career-high 163 tackles last season.