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How Roquan Smith got along with the Ravens and why the Bears traded him

Kevin Fishbain, Adam Jahns and Jeff ZrebiecThe Bears have agreed to trade linebacker Roquan Smith to Ravens, but they know about the deal but are not authorized to speak publicly to Athletic. Here’s what you need to know: Baltimore will send second and fifth round picks and veteran linebacker AJ Klein to Chicago, The Athletic confirmed. Baltimore’s middle linebacker play has been inconsistent, and Smith, a two-time all-pro, could be the long-term answer. All seven Bears players drafted in 2018 are currently not on other teams or in the NFL. BackstorySmith was “on hold” ahead of the season as they sought a new contract in Chicago with the 8th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. However, he eventually ended the hold-in and entered training camp at the end of August, announcing that he would extend the remaining term of his contract, which expires at the end of the 2022 season. Smith started every game for the Bears this season, with an NFL best of 83 total tackles, two 1/2 sacks, two interceptions and three pass biases. He made 163 tackles, a career high in 2021. Chicago lost to the Cowboys on Sunday, dropping 3-5 for the season. Baltimore led AFC North 5-3 after a win over the Buccaneers on Thursday. Why Baltimore Made This Trade The Ravens have long prioritized the middle linebacker position. Perhaps the Ray Lewis effect. This year, they didn’t get consistent production from the location. Former first-round pick Patrick Queen has been playing a lot better lately, but middle-line backer Josh Bynes has been hit and struggled at times. And the Ravens didn’t have much in terms of the depth of quality behind the starters. Smith solidifies the Ravens’ position and brings leadership and playmaking skills to the center of the defense. – Was Zrebiec Smith able to hang out with the Ravens in the long run? The Ravens are very protective of their draft picks and trading the second and fifth rounds clearly suggests that Smith isn’t simply planning on going on loan. year contract. The Ravens will have to make a decision on Queen’s fifth-year option this offseason, but it’s nearly impossible for the Ravens to pick that up. Smith has no agent and general manager Eric DeCosta has experience with such arrangements in contract negotiations with quarterback Lamar Jackson. It would be surprising if DeCosta hadn’t covered the subject with Smith yet. – Zrebiec Why Chicago made this trade The Bears made a generous and competitive deal offer to Smith last summer, but probably won’t get Smith where he wants to financially. This is not a system where you are willing to spend significant sums on an off-ball linebacker. Both sides were heading for the annual Chicken Game with franchise tags. Otherwise, the Bears may try to get some value for him at their peak. They found something as good as draft capital available to anyone on the roster. – Have you recovered enough Fishbain Bears? The Bears got more to Smith from the Ravens than pass-rusher Khalil Mack. The Chargers gave the Bears a second-round pick in 2022 and Mack a sixth-round pick in 2023. The Bears later sent round 6 back to the Chargers for a round 7 of two in 2022. After trading Smith, the Bears’ draft capital for the 2023 NFL draft is: 1st, 2nd, 2nd (Baltimore), 3rd, 4th, 4th (Philadelphia), 5th, 5th (Baltimore), 7th. GM Ryan Poles now has a lot of work to do if he moves around in the draft or tries to trade a receiver before Tuesday’s deadline. – What Happens After Jahns NFL Trade Deadline is Tuesday 4pm EST. Must Read (Photo: Daniel Bartel/USA Today)

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