Roquan Smith Ends Holdout With Bears

Roquan Smith

Smith is already behind schedule, but the Bears' extended preseason makes it feel like he's missed more than he has.

Smith, a University of Georgia product, was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American last season and had been expected to start immediately at one of the Bears' linebacker spots.

Why was Roquan Smith holding out?

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the terms of the deal. The Bears had previously conceded over language involving penalties for personal fouls within a play such as the new helmet-contact rules implemented this season.

Smith's holdout seemed odd, but it might turn out to be an issue the National Football League has to navigate in coming years.


Smith was the last draft pick to remain unsigned on a rookie contract, a holdout that lasted through the duration of the Bears' four weeks at training camp in Bourbonnais.

Smith should step right into a starting role in what is an underrated Bears front seven. They did not say in a release late Monday night that he has signed.

Smith, the eighth pick in April's draft, is known for his instincts and tackling ability at inside linebacker, as well as his leadership characteristics.

The Bears have played two of their five preseason games and will visit the Denver Broncos this week for joint practices on Wednesday and Thursday before Saturday's game.

But before the Bears got to see Smith on the field in pads his holdout had to end, and finally it seems the two sides have found some common ground.

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