Roquan Smith says he’s all-in on Bears’ season, not thinking about contract

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Bears linebacker Roquan Smith sat out practices and requested a trade during training camp, but now he says he’s all-in on the Bears’ 2022 season.

Smith, who is heading into the final year of his rookie contract, said he’s not giving any thought to his contract and will wait until he hits free agency after the season to worry about it.

Asked if there’s any chance he and General Manager Ryan Poles might get together and talk about a contract extension, Smith answered, “No. No. I’m not focused on that right now. It’s already in the back of my mind. It just came to the front when you mentioned it.”

Smith said that while he wanted a new contract or a trade during the offseason, that’s all in the past.

“I’m not focused on that, if I’m being completely honest,” Smith said. “My focus is on making this year the best year I can and then go from there. I don’t want to look forward too much to the future or anything like that. I’m just focused on now, having the best year I can with my teammates and playing the game I love. That’s what means the most to me.”

In talking to reporters, Smith came across as sincerely excited about the season, and not the least bit upset with the Bears failing to trade him or extend his contract. He’s focused on winning in 2022.

16 responses to “Roquan Smith says he’s all-in on Bears’ season, not thinking about contract

  1. Cause he knows they have no choice now but to use the tag which will pay him more than they would normally offer. Hes pulling a Kirk Cousins on chicago.

  2. I wish I had Roquan Smith on my Raiders. At least the Bears draft players that actually have talent and don’t get released after their rookie season.

  3. This is how you do it. Go out and play hard, have a great season and make them have to pay you.

  4. We should’ve traded him for assets, although I guess nobody was giving anything (he’s a LB, so not a shock). Middle linebackers don’t win games in this league.

  5. “I’m just focused on now, having the best year I can with my teammates and playing the game I love. That’s what means the most to me.”

    You sure it’s not money? Because it sounded a lot like it was money just a few short weeks ago.

  6. I don’t completely believe that. I couldn’t do that. Imagine asking your company for a deserved raise and being told you aren’t getting the raise AND you’re probably not even working there next year. It would be hard to not let that creep into your mind.

  7. patrickvwashington says:
    September 1, 2022 at 5:44 am
    Cause he knows they have no choice now but to use the tag which will pay him more than they would normally offer. Hes pulling a Kirk Cousins on chicago.

    34Rate This

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    If the rumors are true it will pay right around what they were offering, but not what he wanted. RUmors had him around 18.5 and he wanted over 20 Million, the projected cap is 18.5-18.7 I believe.

  8. Roquan had better communicate better. The Bears are laughing,…. they’re just going to tag him for next year. They won’t offer an extension.
    This is how Da Bears are the laughing stock of the NFL Front Offices.
    They don’t “partner” with their star performers. They just take advantage of them and when the contracts expire their good player leave for greener pastures and teams who appreciate their services.

  9. This is how you do it. Go out and play hard, have a great season and make them have to pay you.

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    If the Bears don’t pay you somebody else certainly will!!

  10. They don’t partner with their star performers? Signed multiple players to massive deals. Mack, Jackson, etc.

    Trying to negotiate with a player, gets awkward. Our star performer can’t shell out the 3% capped agent fee? C’mon. Most folks around the league said the offer was good.

    New regime, new system, let’s hope it’s the right fit before committing long term.

  11. semout234 says:
    September 1, 2022 at 10:43 am
    patrickvwashington says:
    September 1, 2022 at 5:44 am
    Cause he knows they have no choice now but to use the tag which will pay him more than they would normally offer. Hes pulling a Kirk Cousins on chicago.

    34Rate This

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    If the rumors are true it will pay right around what they were offering, but not what he wanted. RUmors had him around 18.5 and he wanted over 20 Million, the projected cap is 18.5-18.7 I believe.

    There is no accurate projection until the season is done unless you can guess what lb gets a pay raise this year. Add up the next 3 tags for a LB (avg of top 5 salaries at his position) then compare that to the fiest 3 years of the contract they offered. Waaaay more $$$ playing under the tags. He doesn’t have to sign anything and they will be foreced to pay him or release him.

  12. beardownfromthefrontrange says:
    Signed multiple players to massive deals. Mack, Jackson, etc.
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    Where is Mack now ?? They overpaid with $$$$ and draft picks. It stunted the growth of the team. I could say the same about Cutler, Trubisky, & Foles. I’ll agree it’s a new regime,… but the same owners group,… minus Aaron Rodgers.

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