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Bears Pick Up Roquan Smith’s Fifth-Year Option

The Chicago Bears exercised the fifth year option on their 2018 first round pick.

Roquan Smith Bears Fifth Year Option
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The 2021 NFL Draft is just two days away. However, the Chicago Bears were busy at work with their former first-round draft pick on Tuesday.

Per Ian Rapoport, the Bears have exercised the fifth-year contract option on Roquan Smith.

Now that Bears are exercising the fifth-year option, it allows them two years to work out a long-term deal with their star linebacker. Otherwise, Smith would have been set to become a free agent after the 2021 season. The option will have Smith playing the 2022 season at a pricetag of $9.735 million, according to Pro Football Talk.

The Bears originally selected Smith with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Since being drafted, Smith has enjoyed a fairly consistent career despite missing a handful of games in 2019.

Defense & Fumbles Table
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Comb Solo Ast TFL QBHits Sfty AV
201821CHIRILB58161412202255.01218932859
201922CHIRILB581212100022.01016635527
202023CHILILB5816162160117111004.0139984118614
Career4442438022141110011.0361253108311330
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/27/2021.

Nevertheless, Bears fans hope Roquan Smith can make further strides and take his game to the next level in 2021. Hopefully, he will earn a long-term deal in the process.


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