Now that first round draft pick Roquan Smith has signed his contract with the Chicago Bears, there’s only one bit of business left before all our focus can finally turn to the on-field action.
Roquan’s side of the story.
The Chicago Bears are having Smith meet the media today about noon, immediately following practice at Halas Hall. We’re not sure how much he’ll get into the specific language that caused the holdout, but the media will no doubt press the subject. There were numerous reports, rumors, and speculation made about his holdout, but we’ve never heard anything from Smith or from his representation, Creative Artists Agency.
Earlier today Pro Football Talk reported on some contract details that they discovered and we shared those right here.
I think it’s smart for the Bears to get Smith out there to clear the air after he missed all of training camp.
The Bears may ease Smith into the practice routine, or they may throw him right into the fire. Remember, he was getting first team reps during OTAs, so as long as he kept his face in his playbook and his ass in shape, his ascension to the 1’s will happen sooner rather than later.
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I know it’s been a while, so here’s a reintroduction to Roquan Smith from the Bears’ Meet The Rookies’ series.
That appears to be starting outside linebacker Leonard Floyd next to Smith, so does that mean he’s already getting some run with the 1’s?
Roquan Smith said he has been training hard back in Athens, Georgia, and feels he's in football shape: "I'm going to do whatever I can do to prepare myself the best way. I got confidence in the coaches to get me back up to speed."— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) August 14, 2018
If you had any doubt that Roquan Smith was a pawn in a business tug-of-war, his “I left that up to my agent and Mr. Pace” refrain today answered just about everything without answering anything.— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) August 14, 2018
Matt Nagy said Roquan Smith's contract holdout was "pretty close" to risking a Week 1 absence, but the Bears are still getting a feel for his readiness. "Obviously, you hope so, right? ... You got to earn it, come out here and show it."— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) August 14, 2018
Matt Nagy: "From the time that we got to know Roquan in OTAs, we understand that he's a very driven individual, both on and off the field. I know he's going to do everything he possibly can to catch up. Now he's got to do it."— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) August 14, 2018