Bears LB Roquan Smith requests trade as contract talks stall

Smith believes there is no way to negotiate with GM’s Ryan Pauls, but leaves open the possibility that the McCaskeys will step in and negotiate a solution.


Lokan Smith, arguably the Bears’ best player, said he formally asked the team to trade him after contract talks with the team did not yield results

Smith released a lengthy statement to the city of Chicago and Bears fans, saying he loved playing for the Bears and wanted to stay with the organization for the rest of his career.

He went on to accuse the Poles of not negotiating “in good faith” and of being willing to negotiate during negotiations. Smith left open the possibility that the McCuskey family would intervene. “But for now, I see no way to get back to the organization that I truly love. He’s in the facility, but he’s not trained.” The Bears put him on their “physically unable to perform” list.

He was entering the final season of his rookie contract and all signs of Poland’s first few months of work indicated that he would be offered an extension before the season. Without a deal, he would have made $9.7 million that season and then reached free agency, but the Bears have the option to use the franchise tag if they can’t reach an agreement. I was.

Poles said of Smith in his March: I think he’s a really good linebacker and when it comes to that defense…there’s a good chance he’ll have a really good year,” he added, wanting to do that before the season.
When Smith volunteered for spring practice, he said he “absolutely” envisioned being with the Bears long-term. “I think it’s a great opportunity to become the face of the new administration and do whatever it takes to make it the best administration in bear history,” he said.

However, when they approached training camp, they were far from an agreement and Smith did not attend training. But by reporting to Harras Hall, he won’t be fined for holding out.

Smith did not have an agent, so he negotiated himself. In the letter, he said that although he had been working towards a deal since April, Poland “tried to take advantage of me”. I want to

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