Roquan Smith explains trade request Bears have ref
The Bears made Roquan Smith their first-round pick in 2018, but now he wants out.Smith is playing on the fifth-year option of his rookie deal, but i sues surrounding a contract extension and, according to him, Los Angeles Rams Sleepwear Underwear
bad-faith negotiations have both played into the linebacker requesting a trade.The 25-year-old i sued a statement explaining his trade request on Tuesday, shedding some light on friction between he and the organization. All-Pro LB Roquan Smith has requested a trade. Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) Roquan Smith's trade requestSmith's statement in full:To the city of Chicago and all the Bears Fans worldwide,I have officially requested a trade; just writing these words is deeply painful.I'm a kid from Macon County, Georgia. When you grow up playing football, you dream of making it to the NFL one day. However, playing the Linebacker position, you NEVER imagine getting drafted in the Top 10 by the Chicago Bears! I'm a HOMEGROWN Bear! A dream came true for me to have an opportunity to put that Bears' helmet on, wear the same jersey that legendary LB's did, it's an indescribable feeling.Walking these hallways the past Jared Hocker Jersey
four years, you can feel the spirit, you feel the pre sure to live up to that timele s history, that great legacy. I dreamed of playing like Wilbur Marshall, Singletary, Briggs, Urlacher, Butkus! Since the day I was drafted, I vowed to play this position at a level that upheld the standard that was set before me, Taylor Rapp Jersey
to uphold that respect and honor, and I have.Unfortunately, the new front office regime doesn't value me here. They've refused to negotiate in good faith, every step of this journey has been "take it or leave it". The deal sent to me is one that would be bad for myself, and for the entire LB market if I signed it. I've been trying to get something done that's fair since April, but their focus has been on trying to take advantage of me.I wanted to be a Bear for my entire career, help this team bring a super bowl back to our city. However, they have left me no choice than to request a trade that allows me to play for an organization that truly values what I bring to the table.I haven't had the chance to talk to the McCaskey family, and maybe they can salvage this, but as of right now I don't see a path back to the organization that I truly love.MORE: Smith's statement certainly isn't the best look for new GM Ryan Poles and the rest of the Bears' front office, though it's often said that players not drafted by Nick Scott Jersey
a new regime don't always get the same considerations than those who are.Poles, though, made it clear that his intention is to sign Smith to a long-term deal.Bears GM Ryan Poles: We have to do do whats best for the team but my intention is to sign Roquan Smith. Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) "We have to do do whats best for the team, but my intention is to sign Roquan Smith," Poles said Tuesday.Roquan Smith statsThere's also Tyler Higbee Jersey
the matter of Smith's recent performance: The linebacker is coming off a down season with Chicago, posting a 47.8 PFF grade in 2021, which was way down from his 67.2 grade the season prior.In all, Smith is a two-time second-team All-Pro, earning those honors in 2020 and 2021. He's posted 524 tackles in five seasons.While Smith certainly saw himself alongside Bears greats, if he gets his wish, he may have to pen the next chapter elsewhere.