NFL warns teams against contact with Roquan Smith or his camp without Bears permission

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Last week, PFT reported that someone was calling teams claiming to represent Bears linebacker Roquan Smith in an effort to spur trade talks that would get him out of Chicago.

That was problematic because Smith currently doesn’t have an agent and also doesn’t have permission from the Bears to seek a trade. That would make any contact tampering and the NFL sent a memo to teams reminding them of that fact.

“Tampering is a corrosive problem that undermines both the integrity of the game and relationships among clubs,” the league said in the memo, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Media. “Accordingly, in the event that tampering is found, the Competition Committee has recommended the imposition of more stringent discipline than . . . imposed in prior years.”

The NFL recently stripped the Dolphins of a first-round pick and a third-round pick while fining team owner Stephen Ross and co-owner Bruce Beal after finding that they engaged in tampering while pursuing Tom Brady and Sean Payton.

Smith is in the final year of his rookie deal and requested a trade away from the Bears earlier this month after failing to get a new deal. He has not been practicing during training camp, but was activated from the physically unable to perform list last week.

6 responses to “NFL warns teams against contact with Roquan Smith or his camp without Bears permission

  1. Smith should call all the teams. Brady didn’t get in trouble so Smith should be fine reaching out to other teams.

  2. And if you do call the Bears, make sure at a minimum the words ‘we will send you our first round pick next year for Roquan Smith’ are included in your statement. It may require more to get him but that’s a good place to start.

  3. The Bears should be asking for funding via the trade to repair their turf that everyone cries about.

    You know….the turf that is so horrible that not one player has sustained an injury from…

  4. Yes, remember, the only time you can speak to a player who not a free agent is when they know he will be one eventually

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