Bears linebacker Roquan Smith requests a trade

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Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith has requested a trade. Smith has been holding out and not participating in training camp.

The Chicago Bears selected Roquan Smith with the eighth pick of the 2018 NFL draft. Smith has recorded 524 total tackles during his four year NFL career. Smith is one of the top linebackers in the NFL. He has 14.0 sacks and five interceptions during his time with the Bears.

Smith has been trying to negotiate a new contract with Chicago and has grown frustrated with the process. The Bears’ linebacker shared his frustrations with the process.

Unfortunately, the new front office regime doesn’t value me here. They’ve refused to negotiate in good faith… The deal sent to me is one that would be bad for myself, and the entire LB market if I signed it.

Roquan Smith is entering the final year of his contract. Smith is set to make $9,735,000 in 2022, but wanted to reach a long term deal with the Bears.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport shared the news of Roquan Smith’s trade request:

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