The contract impasse between the Chicago Bears and linebacker Roquan Smith has officially hit rock bottom. The All-Pro linebacker has formally requested a trade, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Smith was offended by the Bears’ latest offer, which according to Rapoport, was backloaded with language that would make Smith’s contract the worst of the non-quarterbacks who make more than $15 million per season.
Roquan Smith has been a ‘hold-in’ at training camp during his contract negotiations. Now, it appears the relationship has soured to the point of no return.
Smith set career-highs in tackles last season with 163. He’s been named Second-Team All-Pro in each of the last two years.
We’ll have more on this developing Roquan Smith situation as news breaks.