Friday, September 22, 2023

The Chicago Bears Just Fired Back At Roquan Smith


Roquan Smith decided to escalate things on Thursday when he publicly announced his displeasure with Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles over contract negotiations. He demanded a trade, wanting to go somewhere he’d be treated with respect. A team that would value his worth. It was an obvious tactic to garner public sympathy. Other players have used it in the past, including this same off-season. Ask Deebo Samuel. The response he got probably wasn’t what he was hoping for.

It started with Poles calling an impromptu press conference after practice to discuss the situation. That is something Ryan Pace and previous Bears GMs never would’ve done. He explained his side of things, feeling negotiations had been going well. The public announcement came as a surprise and was more than a little “disappointing.” Poles expressed a clear desire to keep Smith in Chicago. That remains his primary goal. However, recent events lead one to believe he’s done playing nice.

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The Chicago Bears placing Smith on the PUP felt like a gesture.

There were zero signs the linebacker was actually hurt when it happened. The thing about the PUP is that players still get paid their full salary when on it. By removing Smith now, the Bears are no longer obligated to do that. Everything about the move feels like a message from Poles that he can play hardball too. If the young linebacker wants his money, he now either has to return to practice or return to the negotiating table.

Smith certainly had some audacity when he showed up at Family Fest at Soldier Field just hours after his trade request dropped. Poles looked like a man that was genuinely surprised by the turn of events. He thought talks had been cordial and progress was being made. Clearly, that wasn’t the case, at least in Smith’s mind. The Chicago Bears tried to be nice. That didn’t work. So it appears they’ve decided to switch tactics. The linebacker may be more open to discussions when the money stops flowing.


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Aug 12, 2022 9:24 am

Roquan Smith NFL highlights and awards:
2× Second-team All-Pro (2020, 2021)
PFWA All-Rookie Team (2018)

Shaq Leonard NFL highlights and awards:
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2018)
3× First-team All-Pro (2018, 2020, 2021)
Second-team All-Pro (2019)
3× Pro Bowl (2019–2021)
NFL forced fumbles leader (2021)
NFL tackles leader (2018)
PFWA All-Rookie Team (2018)

Roquan is trippin’.

Aug 11, 2022 2:14 pm

Smith has NO leverage. If he doesn’t play he doesn’t get paid. If he plays out this year they can tag him for next season and again the following season.

So, he’ll have to risk playing 3 season with no long term, partially guaranteed money, contract. Stop trying to get record-breaking money when you’re not a record-breaking player.

Last edited 1 year ago by ChiCaliK
Aug 11, 2022 11:08 am

You don’t deserve a contract when you refuse to honor the one you have. Please trade him! Get some draft capital. Already shown putting too much cap in one guy is no good. Failed with Mack.

Aug 11, 2022 10:37 am

What a lot of u fans aren’t mentioning is the fact Roquan is a top 5 LB and if he goes out there and gets hurt and is not able to play next year or again. Would you sit out for a new contract or play?

Aug 11, 2022 9:16 am

Respect is a two-way street. While Roquan wants respect, while he shows little to the team or the management. His tactic may be to put the fans on his side but it’s actually doing the opposite.

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