Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Ryan Poles Held Surprise Presser To Address Roquan Smith Issue


Say this for Ryan Poles. He is not your typical Chicago Bears GM. The man isn’t shy about taking difficult issues head-on. That was clear following the big Tuesday morning news that star linebacker Roquan Smith requested a trade due to frustrating negotiations over his desired contract extension. He pointed the finger at Poles and the front office for trying to take advantage of him. It would’ve been easy for the GM to hang back in the shadows and hope for the storm clouds to blow over.

Poles isn’t that type of guy. Shortly after practice ended at Soldier Field, the GM stepped in front of the Bears media for about three minutes to discuss the situation. He sounded disappointed that things have reached this point. He believed the team negotiated with Smith in good faith and made a strong offer. Unfortunately, emotions got involved (remember Smith is negotiating without an agent), and now the linebacker wants out. That hasn’t changed Poles’ stance. He wants to keep the 25-year-old in Chicago.

Ryan Poles didn’t create this situation.

An easy case could be made it started before the 2021 season. Smith had already played three terrific seasons for the Bears by that point. Former GM Ryan Pace had all the incentive in the world to sign the linebacker to his extension then. He didn’t do it. Instead, he procrastinated, and now Poles is getting the blame. The truth is Smith is playing every card he has to strong-arm the Bears into the contract he wants. Asking for a trade is hardly a revolutionary tactic.

It doesn’t sound like Ryan Poles will be intimidated by it. While he wants to keeping the star linebacker in Chicago, his first responsibility is to do what’s best for the Chicago Bears. That means paying a fair contract that works out for both sides. Smith isn’t happy about that. The Bears have no reason to rush. They have him under contract for all of 2022 and can use the franchise tag to keep him in 2023.

So Roquan has two choices. Either he returns to the negotiating table to hammer a deal where he’ll still be one of the highest-paid linebackers in the league, or he can sit at home for the rest of the season.


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Aug 10, 2022 8:59 am

Smith is talking tough…was a problem child over contract before he even played a down his rookie season. Will always be a problem. Make him play under the contract he signed as a rookie. He will show up when he starts missing paychecks. If not so be it. He’s an outside LB….not a QB. Another one of those guys that’s always unhappy about his contract…always wanting a new one. Well I was unhappy when he didn’t play a game for no reason. Yet still got paid! Has some mental issues that need to be taken in to account before giving… Read more »

Erik Lambert
Erik Lambert
Aug 10, 2022 12:24 am

Hey guys Erik here,
Thanks for reading my article on how I said absolutely nothing but will still take credit for the story!


Thomas Gena
Thomas Gena
Aug 9, 2022 5:33 pm

I get it, Lambert: you kiss Ryan Poles’ ass because he’s ready and willing to talk to the media. Just like Matt Nagy, always was. Let’s hope for a better outcome, this time.

Ghost Tomahawk
Ghost Tomahawk
Aug 9, 2022 4:46 pm

Smith is going to a new position. Who knows how he will take to it. If hes paid in the top 5 he needs to take that money. He doesnt generate sacks or takeaways. Takes more than tackling dudes to hit the lottery.

Aug 9, 2022 2:04 pm

A 1st and a 3rd would be awesome if the Bears could get that for him.

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