CHICAGO Bears sponsorship specialist Roquan Smith said in a written statement that he requested the transaction after contract negotiations between him and the organization
Smith wrote a statement that was posted to social media by the NFL Network on Tuesday. ESPN has confirmed the validity of these announcements.
The 25-year-old pawn wrote that "the new office regime doesn't take me here seriously," after Smith said he had been trying to renew since April.
Smith wrote: “They refused to negotiate in good faith. "Every step of this journey is 'do it or leave it'. The deal sent to me is a deal that would be harmful
Since the Bears put him eighth overall in 2018, the former Georgia star has bagged 14 times while scoring at least 101 tackles and one interception in every season he's played.
Smith was expected to earn $9.7 million in the final year of his rookie contract and was placed on the non-performer list (PUP) when he reportedly entered camp at the end of July.
Smith accused the Bears' main office of "trying to take advantage of me" and that the organization ......
"left me with no choice but to ask for a trade that would allow me to play for an organization that truly values what I do." bring. "
In April, Smith expressed confidence that he would stay in Chicago permanently under a new contract and be a full participant in voluntary activities and mandatory minicamps.
In his statement, the trailblazer said he wants to stick with the Bears for his entire career.......
At the start of training camp, freshman general manager Ryan Poles, who expressed a desire to reach an agreement on an extension for Smith before the start of the regular season
spoke to the team that had not yet signed a new contract. for Smith. "My feelings for Roquan have not changed," Polonais said on July 26.
I know I get there there's going to be a lot of questions and I understand. I'm not going to talk about contracts and content,
Smith is present daily at Halas Hall during training camp, often seen on a stationary bike during training.
Coach Matt Eberflus noted his expectations in July for Smith as he remained on the PUP roster.
Eberflus says: “Get involved, be a leader, get involved, what he does and will do.
"He's a professional player. He's been in the league for quite a while. He is a very good player. We are so excited to have him as our Chicago Bear. And he will. "
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