More than a week later, Roquan Smith holdout still lingers

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It’s the holdout no one seems to notice, possibly because of the position he plays. Bears linebacker Roquan Smith, the eighth overall pick in the draft, continued to be unsigned, more than a week after the team opened training camp.

So what’s going on? Previously, PFT reported that the contracts for the then-unsigned players at the bottom of the top 10 were being delayed both by roster bonuses structure and by language that would void the guarantees in the fully-guaranteed four-year contracts. While the specifics remain unclear, there’s a dynamic that specifically applies to Smith.

Smith plays linebacker. Linebackers make tackles. The helmets they wear may be involved in the tackling process. If the helmet strikes a player that linebacker is trying to tackle, the player may be flagged, fined, ejected, and/or suspended.

And if Smith is suspended for a violation of either of the two new helmet rules (yes, there are two), Smith’s guarantees would go away, making it easier for the Bears to dump him, if they don’t have to continue to pay him.

If that’s the issue, it makes sense for Smith to hold firm. It’s one thing for a player to be suspended for something he does away from work. If his suspension comes from his efforts to help the Bears win, the Bears shouldn’t be trying to wipe out his guaranteed money.

And if that’s the only issue, it’s time for this thing to get worked out, so that Smith can get ready for his rookie season.

19 responses to “More than a week later, Roquan Smith holdout still lingers

  1. Since we don’t know why he’s holding out lets speculate. Lets make things up.
    Or we could wait for the facts.
    Personally I hope he and the team can reach an agreement.

  2. I don’t know if there’s a mat on the ground, but you sure are jumping to conclusions

  3. A good ole fashioned first round pick holdout! Reminds me of the good old days when tons of rookies would hold out late into camp. Bryant McKinnie showing up and having to do the summer conditioning drill lol

  4. Of that is the only issue just structure the contract so that guarantees go away only for off the field issues not fines for on the field conduct.

  5. thefappingbearcutler says:
    July 26, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    He doesn’t want to be a loser bear!

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    What about Ziggy Ansah claiming injury to get off your pathetic Lions? Do you really think the Ricky Jean Francois signing will help you get your second playoff win in sixty one (61) years?

  6. Grasping for straws?

    No excuse for the Bears not to have him signed … there’s been more than enough time and any further delay will only hurt the team even more than it already has …

  7. I’ve said it before. He just doesn’t want to play for the bears. Problem is, if he reenters the draft next year he’ll probably lose money and the Bears just may draft him again.

  8. Really? Did he say he doesn’t want to play for the Bears?

    Fact is, none of us know what the issue is, whether it is team-driven, or Smith or his agent has something to do with it.

    But it’s fun to say things without having to support them.

  9. He has the same agent as Joey Bosa has. Enough said. The agent want to make a name for himself as some kind of rebel who is just looking out for his client. All his is doing is helping his player be unsuccessful. It’s hurting Roquan’s development.

  10. thefappingbearshaterhasnolife says:
    July 26, 2018 at 6:35 pm
    thefappingbearcutler says:
    July 26, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    He doesn’t want to be a loser bear!

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    What about Ziggy Ansah claiming injury to get off your pathetic Lions? Do you really think the Ricky Jean Francois signing will help you get your second playoff win in sixty one (61) years?

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    Wow! Triggered you so much you created a username to try to mock me! Nice.

    Mock the Lions all you want but I am pretty sure the Lions have owned the Bears for the past 6 years so there is that. RJF is a depth signing, nothing more nothing less.

  11. Wow! Triggered you so much you created a username to try to mock me! Nice.

    Mock the Lions all you want but I am pretty sure the Lions have owned the Bears for the past 6 years so there is that. RJF is a depth signing, nothing more nothing less.

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    Says the guy with a “triggered” name fappingbearcutler. Oh by the way the Bears suck, I’m not a Bears fan and you’re clearly enjoying the being better than the Bears for 6 years, but your team is still owned overall by the Bears:

    All-time series CHI: leads 97–74–5
    Postseason results
    Chicago leads 1–0

    December 18, 1932, CHI 9, POR 0 (for NFL title)
    Largest victory CHI: 49–0 (1941)
    Smallest victory POR: 3–0 (1931)
    Longest win streak CHI: 11 (1946–1951)
    DET: 6 (1968–1970, 2013–2015)

    Lions are the Browns of the NFC!!! One playoff win in sixty one years!!!

  12. The Lions are also the first team in NFL history to go 0-16. They even did it before the Browns did it. That’s pretty pathetic. Oh yeah, and how many first round receivers did the Lions draft before finally getting it right. That receiver also retired early, and so did Barry Sanders, cause they both couldn’t stand playing for a horrible franchise that hardly ever had a winning record, let alone made the playoffs. At least the bears have a super bowl win, and I believe the second most championships in the NFL all time.

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