Enough About Roquan Smith

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Not every college athlete gets the honor and privilege to hear their name called on Draft Day. But a young man from Macon County Georgia did on April 26th, 2018. He was picked by the Chicago Bears to be the next linebacker to soar like the franchise Hall of Fame greats in Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, and Brian Urlacher.

With the 8th pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Bears selected Roquan Smith from the University of Georgia. The cheers from fans everywhere were deafening and the dream of the return of the Monsters of the Midway was just within their reach.

Dream on Bears fans…

Shortly after the Bears hosted their rookie camp and teammates were hailing Smith’s NFL IQ and work ethic, the defense looked like it could find it’s way up to the top five in 2018. But that all changed with new rules, contract language, and heels that are so deep in the cement one would need a jackhammer to get them out.

There is no question that Smith is a hard worker. In his Meet the Rookies video, he spoke about working hard and contributing to a team. Watching him play as a Georgia Bulldog was exciting as he would tackle with earnestness and grit, something the Bears are very proud to have as an attitude of their defense. He loves the game of football and is really good at it.

So why isn’t he on the field playing at his first preseason game?

Because unfortunately, Smith picked the wrong agency to represent him. Frankly, fans have had enough of the Smith hold out. He has already missed training camp and his first preseason game. And if he doesn’t get on the practice field this week in time for game two of the preseason, he will not be ready for game one of the regular season. This holdout is an absolute travesty as it prevents him from showing the NFL world how special he really is.


However, as long as Creative Artist Agency continues to hold out for their own personal gain, Smith will deprive himself of the joy of fans cheering for every hit, or seeing his name on jerseys of fans who just can’t get enough of his impact on the Bears defense. Let’s be honest, Smith has the power to say to CAA, ‘I know who I am and I know that I won’t have any off-field issues that the Bears or I would need to worry about. This should not be a problem and I will make sure of it.’

Smith seems like a very bright young man, who knows who he is and stands behind his abilities and work ethics. But until he demands the CAA to do whatever it takes to get him on the field today, his holdout is costing him more lost money than the guaranteed is worth.


As it stands, Bears fans have had enough of waiting for their first-round draft pick and his holdout. It is unfair to label him a bust, or spoiled, or ungrateful. He is a promising young player who wants to play but put his trust in an agency he hired to set his contract and have his best interest at heart. Roquan needs to make CAA work for him and demand that he be on the field tomorrow morning. No one will remember Smith the longer he holds out.

Enough is enough. The Chicago Bears need you buddy and your fans are waiting!

UPDATE: Soon after the above article was published, the holdout was over.

Rookie linebacker Roquan Smith agreed to a 4-year rookie contract according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. Both sides agreed on the necessary language that held out the young rookie for all of training camp.

Smith can now participate in practice and slide right in as the perfect chess piece to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s revamped defense. The Bears are desperate for a sideline-to-sideline elite linebacker who can cover the field and make big plays. 

 

Breathe easy Chicago! Now, all we need is the offense to jell and no injuries. 

 

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