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Roquan Smith and the Baltimore Ravens have agreed on a five-year, $100M contract extension.
The contract provides Smith with $60M in total guarantees. Smith was acquired prior to the trade deadline and had a major impact on the improvement of the Ravens' defense. The 25-year-old racked up 103 solo tackles, tied for third best in the NFL in 2022.
Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald says to "expect [LB Roquan Smith] to be out there" playing on Monday night against New Orleans.
Roquan Smith was recently traded from the Chicago Bears to the Ravens ahead of the NFL's trade deadline. Macdonald said that Smith has been involved heavily in all their practices to this point and that the Ravens run a lot of concepts that he's familiar with from the past. Smith should be on the field for Baltimore on Monday and will likely be a big part of the team's game plan, as the Saints often attack box defenders with a combination of TE Taysom Hill and RB Alvin Kamara.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, LB Roquan Smith has been traded from the Chicago Bears to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens, as they often have, add to their front seven, strengthening their defensive unit. Smith was unhappy over the offseason and had asked to be moved. The Bears have now moved on from both Smith and edge rusher Robert Quinn before the trade deadline, signaling a new age under new management. Smith has 83 tackles and 2.5 sacks this season with two interceptions, another do-it-all defensive playmaker in Baltimore. The Bears have received a second- and fifth-round pick, both in 2023, in exchange.
Roquan Smith is officially active for the Bears’ Week 3 matchup with the Texans.
Smith missed practice time with a hip injury this week as was listed as questionable. A major piece of the Bears defense will be suiting up as they look to improve to 2-1 with a win over the Texans.
Bears LB Roquan Smith will play out his contract this season after requesting a trade earlier this off-season.
Smith had previously requested a trade from the Bears, but after no traction on a possible deal, he had decided that he will just play out his contract for this year. He is set to become a free agent after this season, and if the Bears can't mend this relationship and get him a new deal soon, he will likely hit the open market and get a sizeable deal with a new team next year.