The Chicago Bears are currently without one of their primary leaders on defense, Roquan Smith. The star linebacker recently voiced his displeasure regarding contract negotiations and requested a trade from the team. Smith even sat out Saturday's preseason opener against the Chiefs, but he will travel with the team to Seattle.
During his remarks, head coach Matt Eberflus said Smith was “engaged” despite his ongoing contract stalemate with the Bears' front office.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports the Bears have not yet fined Smith for missed practices despite having the ability to do so after removing him from the PUP list.
The latest development on the Roquan Smith trade front came from the NFL Management Council. A memo went out to teams stating that they may not inquire about Smith since it may be considered tampering. The Chicago Bears' linebacker represents himself and is not a certified agent. The only way to reach him is through written permission.