The Bears are reportedly giving rookie LB Roquan Smith a 4 year/$18.5 million dollar deal, with $11.5 million guaranteed. This is coming after a holdout by Roquan due to a disagreement about a stipulation that the team could reclaim some of his guaranteed money if he is suspended for an illegal hit. He missed the first preseason game and all of training camp.
The Bears should certainly be excited with finally getting Roquan, as he was one of the best defensive players in college football last year, earning the Butkus award in his final college season.
Roquan is expected to start for this team, and make an early impact. As current players like Luke Kuechly, Bobby Wagner, and Sean Lee display how much of an impact a great linebacker can make, the Bears are hoping Roquan could be the next entry into this group of elite linebackers, who not only are great players, but elevate every player around them on the defensive side of the ball.
The Bears certainly look promising, with the returning second-overall quartback in Mitch Trubisky, and a new offensive-minded head coach (new offensive minded head coaches pairing with high-picked quarterbacks seems to be a successful trend). They have a good roster, with a promising offense and defense, but they have the unfortunate draw of having both the Vikings and the Packers in their division, so a playoff run doesn’t currently seem likely; however, they are properly setting themselves up for the future.
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