A season that was already shaping up to be very sad is already taking a wrong turn in Chicago. This Tuesday, Roquan Smith announced himself that he asked to be traded.
He informed supporters in a press release relayed by NFL Media.
“I have officially requested a transfer. Just writing these words hurts me a lot. »
After a few lines on his love of Bears tradition, especially as linebacker, he hits hard on the direction. While he is in the last year of his rookie contract, discussions about his extension are slipping. Too much for his taste.
“Unfortunately, the new leaders do not value my presence here. They refused to negotiate in good faith. Throughout this story, it was take it or leave it. The proposal that was sent to me would hurt me and the entire linebacker market if I signed it. I’ve been trying to get something fair since April, but their goal has been to take advantage of me.
I wanted to be a Bear for my entire career, help this team bring the Super Bowl back to our city. However, they left me no choice but to request a transfer, in order to allow me to play for a franchise that truly values what I can contribute.
I haven’t had a chance to talk to the McCaskey family yet (owners of the Bears, editor’s note), and maybe they can salvage that, but right now I don’t see a way back to the franchise that I love so much.
I hope you can understand, I’m really sorry to come to this. »
Smith started every game for the Bears last year, with 163 tackles, 3 sacks and an interception. He is one of the pillars of the Chicago defense, an essential squad as the attack is likely to suffer in the months to come. If his departure materializes, the Bears risk evolving further and further into the depths of the league.