Report: Roquan Smith finalizing deal with Bears

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Roquan Smith, the final unsigned draft pick, is close to being the last signed draft pick.

The Bears and the first-rounder are finalizing an agreement and should have the deal completed by the end of the day, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The sides have only language left to complete in the contract before it’s signed.

Smith has held out of training camp, with his representation at odds with the team over whether Smith would lose guaranteed money if he is ever suspended.

His holdout is one of the longest since the NFL’s 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement largely dictated the salaries of all draft picks.

33 responses to “Report: Roquan Smith finalizing deal with Bears

  1. I have no respect for a franchise that spends a fortune on free agents and then nickel and dimes a top 10 pick, causing a 30-day holdout.

    I still think Smith will be a beast.

    But the Bears are still one of the worst franchises in the league, right there with the Chargers and Bengals.

  2. And they just broke training camp. How convenient. I hope he’s been keeping himself in shape.

  3. I can not only see but fully support a team if they are trying to protect themselves from situations like Jamarcus Russell or Johnny eight ball, nickel and dime a player for PEDs or for off the field issues but to want to include suspensions acquired during playing the game, is beyond pathetic.

  4. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 13, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    It’s always a good sign when a team’s number one concern when negotiating a contract with their top draft pick is how they can cut him most easily.


    Case Keenum > Kirk “2nd string” Cousins >>>>> Worst GM move ever next to drafting Teddy Bridgewater. LooooooooL!!

  5. I love how the 49’er fans are commenting on here. What makes you think the 49’ers are more relevant than the Bears or any of the other teams struggling recently? hmmmmmmmm, must be that Vic Fangio is the Bears HC.

    The Bears defense is going to be really, really, really, good in the coming years. They’re already a top ten defense you goof balls!

  6. Cracks me up. All these people bashing Pace and the Bears, but they are sure paying attention. Nobody knows the details of the contract except Pace and Smith. Who really knows who’s fault or stubbornness won or lost. Just glad he’s in. Just get ready for cheese heads on opening day.

  7. Rob Brzezinski is a Tool With ZERO CHAMPIONSHIPS says:
    August 13, 2018 at 6:01 pm
    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 13, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    It’s always a good sign when a team’s number one concern when negotiating a contract with their top draft pick is how they can cut him most easily.


    Case Keenum > Kirk “2nd string” Cousins >>>>> Worst GM move ever next to drafting Teddy Bridgewater. LooooooooL!!


    At least the Vikings GM hasn’t been asked to step down to be a team “executive.”

  8. metatastic2000 says:

    “The level of players greed now is simply unreal. They appreciate nothing.”

    A very uninformed comment on your part.

    Do you even know WHY Smith held out? The kid has smart representation, and it was the right thing to do regarding the woefully inept new helmet rule. Smith was protecting himself in the event he was suspended for this ridiculous helmet rule that can greatly impact the players financially coming into the league. The rookie players certainly didn’t write the rule, but he is a top 10 draft pick with guaranteed money that would be on the line if he was suspended.

    The Bears finally came around and realized that Smith is ABSOLUTELY in the right to ensure his guaranteed $ is protected from this ridiculous rule and any suspensions related to it.

  9. So 1) love the commenters banking on a rookie, who has never played a down in the NFL. “You go get ’em!” as I hear banjos.

    2) This is a business on both sides. Work, prove, get paid. A freaking rookie should report, prove, and get paid. Period. I am not paying you because of what you did in a watered down league with watered down rules.

    3) Kirk Cousins still sucks. Browns were 4-0 in preseason last year. Get over it.

  10. As a Bears fan, this pleases me as I am exited to see the kid play.

    As a football fan, this pleases me as I am exited about not having to read how Smith is the last holdout etc etc on a damn near daily basis…

  11. This is the third time I’ve tried to post this, so I’ll try again, so I’ll try again with my first comments below:

    Isee the moderator, Mr Vikings fan himself, is commenting in full trash troll mode. But yet, will not allow my comment through. So I’ll try again:

    Curiously, I don’t see any comments by those that were running their mouths about how Smith didn’t want to play for the Bears and was not going to sign his contract so that he could re-enter the draft next year. Anyone? Didn’t think so.

  12. thefappingbearcutler says:
    August 13, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    “They still will be in the basement of the NFCN for years to come.”

    No that is your Lion’s home that have managed to only do well only because of the Bears struggles since firing Lovie Smith. Your previous repeated non-sense statements were never believed and didn’t come true. You know the fifty or so times you claimed Roquan Smith didn’t want to play for the Bears. What makes you think anyone is going to believe this one? Go back to defending your pathetic Lions articles.

  13. I don’t get how anyone can see this as player greed. I wouldn’t even call this a holdout. The pay is set by the CBA and the picks before and after him. It was about the Bears trying to slip in a loophole so they can cut the guy on the cheap. No mistake, this was ALL on the team, not the player. Only a fool would sign the contract they offered.

  14. The kid does not have smart representation. CAA is a greedy organization that was willing to use Smith and his contract to hopefully attract future rookies. They just used Smith and the Bears to try and get every clause that would void his contract thrown out, praying the Bears were desperate enough to do so. They weren’t, and good for them. Whoever is dumb enough to think that it was still about the helmet rule, it wasn’t. The Bears took that clause out of the contract and while ago. Once the CAA got the Bears to throw that out they got greedy. They wanted every clause thrown out. The bears stood fast. The Bears wanted protection from egregious on field behavior, like starting a fight or shoving a ref. Ultimitley they met in the middle. The Bears can still void his contract under certain conditions. But, he also received more protection. They met in the middle and it was a great job by the Bears. As shown, they were right to cover their ass, look at the jags as an example of stupid behavior the bears were trying to protect themselves against. 11 of his 18 is also in bonuses I believe, so it is incentive laden as well. Please read and be informed about what’s going on before posting. Or continue to open mouth and insert foot. Alot of haters on here enjoy doing that. In the end I am glad the bears and Smith agreed and hope both prove the haters wrong. I hope. Go Bears.

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