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Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith announced Tuesday that he has officially requested a trade after failed contract negotiations, saying in a note to fans: “The new front office administration doesn’t value me here.”
Smith, the 2018 eighth overall draft pick out of Georgia, issued a lengthy statement in which, according to reports, he Offended by the mention of bears.
“The new front office administration doesn’t value me here,” Smith wrote. “They have refused to negotiate in good faith, making every step of this journey a ‘take it or leave it.’ The contract that was sent to me is bad for me and the whole LB market if I sign it. I’ve been trying to do something fair since April, but their focus is trying to take advantage of it. I.”
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According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Networks, A backloaded offer The actual salary does not make Smith the highest paid for his position and included “de-escalators” that have not appeared in any NFL contract above $15 million.
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“My entire career I wanted to be a Bear, help this team bring a Super Bowl back to our city. However, they left me no choice but to request a trade that would allow me to play for an organization that I really value. Bring to the table,” Smith continued.
“I haven’t had a chance to talk to the McCaskey family, and maybe they can defend this, but right now I don’t see a way back to an organization that I really love.”
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Smith was named second-team All-Pro in his final two seasons with the Bears. He has registered more than 100 tackles each season, including a career high of 163 last season. He has totaled 14 sacks and five interceptions in four seasons.