Bears exercise Roquan Smith’s 2022 option

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Linebacker Roquan Smith won’t be leaving the Bears as a free agent next year.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Bears are exercising their option on Smith’s contract for the 2022 season.

The eighth overall pick of the 2018 draft will make $9.735 million under the terms of that option. In a change under the Collective Bargaining Agreement put in place last year, that salary is fully guaranteed when the option is exercised.

Smith has started 42 of the 44 regular season games he’s played for Chicago. He has 361 tackles, 11 sacks, four interceptions, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

Smith also started a playoff game as a rookie, but he missed this January’s postseason loss to the Saints with an elbow injury.

11 responses to “Bears exercise Roquan Smith’s 2022 option

  1. Once again the owners get to exercise control over a player for a fifth season, and I once again don’t wanna hear any whining from the player, or the union, because it was the players union who agreed to that during the last CBA negotiations. Another example of just what a bad job their leadership did for them

  2. Severely overlooked young player. A top five inside linebacker in the league.

  3. He’s not that good, but it would look bad for Pace to let his guy leave.

  4. I’d take this guy on my team in a minute. Solid, solid player…. which the Pack hasn’t had since they played Matthews out of position at ILB. Hopefully Krys Barnes and Kamal Martin continue to come on but Roquan Smith is already there… at least in this one man’s opinion.

  5. Roquan Smith is one of the best LB’s in the NFL. If Hicks and Goldman are back, that will be a top five front seven.

    Offense will be the same, typical Bears!

  6. Pace finally made a correct decision. Better lock Pace up 4 more years. Seriously though R.Smith is a stud LB I hope they can lock up long term. After his rookie contract situation it worries me a little.
    roughingthepasser says:
    April 27, 2021 at 2:28 pm
    He’s not that good, but it would look bad for Pace to let his guy leave.
    You sir clearly have seen little of Roquan to make that statement.

  7. I bet he’s thrilled. He is starting to miss a lot of football to injuries and is out a lot. Heck of a player when healthy but thats not happening a lot lately

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