Robert Quinn: I would love to see Roquan Smith stay in this building

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Bears linebacker Roquan Smith officially requested a trade on Tuesday, saying in a statement that he feels Chicago’s new regime doesn’t value him.

General Manager Ryan Poles told reporters after the statement was issued that he intend to keep Smith on the team.

One of Smith’s teammates, edge rusher Robert Quinn, said on Wednesday that he understands the situation from Smith’s perspective.

“You don’t get a lot of opportunities to sign new contracts,” Quinn said, via Kevin Fishbain of “I’m sure he wants to get as much as possible. Respectfully, I think he deserves it too. But it’s a business. One side doesn’t want to pay him and he wants to get paid.”

Quinn also said that he wants Smith to stay with the Bears.

“I would love to have him in the building. But it’s his business,” Quinn said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. “I’m not his agent or him so that’s out of my control. But I would love to see him stay in this building. But I understand the business side too.”

Smith and Quinn have been teammates for the last two seasons. Both players earned second-team All-Pro honors in 2021, with Quinn tallying 18.5 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, and 22 QB hits and Smith recording 163 total tackles, 12 TFLs, 3.0 sacks, and an interception.

4 responses to “Robert Quinn: I would love to see Roquan Smith stay in this building

  1. It would be crazy to see both Smith and Quinn traded before the start of the season. Hate to see it happen but for the right price Bears have nothing to lose but more games.

  2. I like that Quinn sees this as a business. He’s been around the block a few times and gets it. Wouldn’t hurt if he reached out to explain that to Roquan who feels “disrespected” while currently under contract and on deck to make almost $10M this year.

  3. lasersepi, that “honor your contract” attitude towards players died twenty years ago. Give up on the idea of loyalty in the NFL. Management shows absolutely no loyalty to players so why should the player give it in return. This is an entertainment business, just like wrestling or anything on Netflix. It’s not high school anymore.

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