Roquan Smith’s time on the Bears’ active/PUP roster is over. The team activated the disgruntled linebacker Wednesday. This opens the door for Smith practicing or following his posture measure.
The fifth-year defenseman requested a trade from Chicago on Tuesday morning, accusing the Bears of not negotiating in good faith. Before Smith was on the PUP list, however, he planned to attend practices but not participate – a tactic that is becoming standard procedure for players in negotiations or those upset with their contracts. Indeed, Smith shouldn’t be training with teammates, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport adds.
Bears general manager Ryan Poles said the plan remains for the team to extend the outstanding center linebacker, despite Smith’s trade request indicating he doesn’t see a reasonable path back to his old role in the middle of the game. Chicago defense.
The Bears have dropped four notable defenseman contracts this offseason, but they still have veterans Eddie Jackson and Robert Quinn on the payroll. Smith is undoubtedly aiming not only to become the Bears’ highest-paid player, but also to top the $19.7 million-a-year contract of Shaquille Leonard, who currently tops the market for off-ball linebackers.