Roquan Smith pleased with the results three games into “bet on myself” season

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After initially demanding a new contract or a trade, Bears linebacker Roquan Smith decided this year to play out the final season of his rookie contract in Chicago and try to cash in when he hits free agency in March. So far, he’s happy with the results.

Smith has referred to this season as a “bet on myself,” and after three weeks the bet appears to be paying off, as he’s leading the team in tackles and had a huge impact on Sunday, when his fourth-quarter interception set up the Bears’ game-winning field goal.

‘‘Just reading my keys, watching film, trusting my teammates that they’re going to be in the right place at the right time,’’ Smith said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. ‘‘I was just shooting my shot.’’

Smith said he would love the attention another big game would bring him on Sunday, when the Bears are playing at the New York Giants in a matchup of two NFC teams that are surprisingly 2-1.

‘‘Oh, that would be pretty sweet,’’ Smith said. ‘‘Being able to get a little limelight and making plays, getting the dub [a victory], that would be pretty sweet.’’

Smith won’t find out how well the bet pays off until March, but three games into a 17-game season he thinks he’s on the right path.

16 responses to “Roquan Smith pleased with the results three games into “bet on myself” season

  1. He’ll be tagged and he’ll hold out again until he starts losing money like this year.

  2. Poor guy, I just don’t know how he can manage on his 9 million a year that he makes now. How is a guy supposed to feed his family? Man, he should look for a part time job.

  3. “Poor guy, I just don’t know how he can manage on his 9 million a year that he makes now. How is a guy supposed to feed his family? Man, he should look for a part time job.”

    99% of NFL players don’t make anything near that much. The median income of an NFL player is around 2 million. The average career of a player last two years. They therefore have massive incentive to maximize their earning while they can, as their next game may well be their last game. So no, I don’t hold anything against Roquan wanting to get paid; 99.9% of the commentators trashing him would be doing the exact same thing in his shoes.

  4. The money is there to pay him, it’s just a matter of whether he gets it or the owners low ball him to keep it. That’s what people fail to understand when they make comments about players being greedy and wanting more but then also assuming the owners aren’t being greedy wanting to pay less.

  5. nytro says:
    October 1, 2022 at 11:47 am

    It easy to lead the team in tackles — when your team is the Bears.

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    Says the 0-3 Raiders fan.

  6. nytro says:
    October 1, 2022 at 11:47 am

    It easy to lead the team in tackles — when your team is the Bears.

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    All the accurate predictions about your trash organization must sting, so let’s make fun of a better team in their first rebuild year.

    0-3 is pretty pathetic for the Raiders. McDaniels sucks and the DeVante Adams trade was the stupidest trade of the year.

  7. Betting on himself this way is liking betting at a casino, the odds are (likely) in favor of the house. With 14 regular season games left and potential playoff games he’s taking a huge risk in terms of injury. Anything serious could severely damage his chances of a big payday. So it’s really more than “just betting on myself”, he’s actually also betting that at any given time at least 11 other players don’t injure him as well. I don’t like those odds.

  8. Everybody saying ownership low-balled him have no idea what ownership offered. It’s been reported that he wants top-3 money for a LB, but he doesn’t have top-3 LB stats. I LOVE Roquan Smith. He’s arguably top-3 ON THE BEARS, but does that mean they have to pay him like top-3 at his position in the entire league?

    Also, he should hire an agent.

  9. Regardless of whether he stays with the Bears I hope he keep playing like he has been and stays healthy for the whole season

  10. @spiritanimalchiagobears, I dont know what report youre listening to, its been reported he wants to “blow away the top off ball deal.” So he wants over 20 per year. It was reported he was offered around 18. Truthfully he had 1 good game and 1 REALLY bad game and one in the middle

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