As Chicago Bears fans woke up on Tuesday morning, no one expected that the franchise linebacker for the team, Roquan Smith, would be requesting a trade. Well, pinch yourself, you're not dreaming. Per NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the former Georgia Bulldog has requested a moveout of Chicago.
In Smith's post, he notes a number of interesting reasons. The first reason being the Bears refusal to "negotiate in good faith." In addition, Smith notes that the Bears have presented "take it or leave it" deals to the linebacker, who gives off the vibe that he truly wants to remain in the Windy City.
Smith has held out of training camp in search of a new deal. However, it appears that his new contract will now no longer be with the Bears, but rather another team.
This could become a much larger problem than just Roquan Smith. If one of the best players on your team can't get a fair contract for his sake and the sake of the positional group market, then what happens when players are negotiating with the team in future years? The message that first-year GM Ryan Poles is currently sending doesn't make fans feel warm and fuzzy about their ability to bring in, or retain, quality talent.
As indicated by Smith, he has not spoken to the McCaskey's yet. However, should fans really expect them to want to pony up massive dollars? Will they really see the value in keeping Roquan Smith that Poles supposedly doesn't? Who knows. However, all we know for now is that the Bears have created drama with one of their best players and it is on full display for the fanbase and the rest of the league to see.