Roquan Smith: New contract will come when it comes

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The Bears ensured linebacker Roquan Smith will be back with the team in 2022 by exercising their fifth-year option on his rookie deal and that’s enough for Smith right now.

Smith said on Tuesday that a long-term deal with the Bears is “definitely something I want,” but that his focus on the moment is not on a contract extensions. Smith, who was one of the few defensive starters to participate in voluntary work, said that his eyes are on the field and not the negotiating table.

“That’s going to come when it comes,” Smith said, via Sean Hammond of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. “I’m not too focused on that. My main focus right now is OTAs, getting out here with my teammates.”

Smith had 139 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, four sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery while playing every game for the Bears last season. A repeat of that in 2021 should do a lot to increase the odds that he’ll be in Chicago well beyond 2021.

4 responses to “Roquan Smith: New contract will come when it comes

  1. He will get the money he deserves and will hopefully move to MLB otherwise the new GM/HC will have to draft a MLB next year along with an entire O line.

  2. He was the best player on the Bears defense last year and that includes guys making a lot more money than he is (Mack, Quinn, looking at you). Anyone who doesn’t rank him among the top 3 ILB/MLBs in the game isn’t paying attention. Plus, he was about the only starter who showed at voluntary OTAs from a defense that could really use the work. He’s doing everything the right way and if he stays healthy I see a huge payday coming his way sooner than later.

  3. ….? We run a 3-4 defense – he’s literally one of 2 starting MLB we have. What do you mean, you hope he moves to MLB?

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    buttcheeks69 says:
    June 16, 2021 at 7:02 am
    He will get the money he deserves and will hopefully move to MLB otherwise the new GM/HC will have to draft a MLB next year along with an entire O line.

  4. I think that he is referring to the fact the Danny T isn’t going to be around. Although, when he finally got into shape last year, he was pretty solid again. But yeah, 58 is a MLB and a damn good one.

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    chiefbear says:
    June 16, 2021 at 10:21 am
    ….? We run a 3-4 defense – he’s literally one of 2 starting MLB we have. What do you mean, you hope he moves to MLB?

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    buttcheeks69 says:
    June 16, 2021 at 7:02 am
    He will get the money he deserves and will hopefully move to MLB otherwise the new GM/HC will have to draft a MLB next year along with an entire O line.

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