Roquan Smith Reportedly Makes Decision On His Future With The Bears
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Chicago Bears linebacker Rokan Smith has decided to play the final season of his current contract.
The news comes after a protracted and difficult contract situation that involved a trade request and a stop to a prolonged exercise.
Today was Smith's first day in practice this year.
He will reportedly "go full-on" for the Bears going forward, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
Smith is set to earn $9.7 million on his fifth-year option this coming season.
He will "bet on himself" to play well this coming season and earn a long-term contract -
With the Bears or elsewhere - before the 2023 season.
"It's the last year of my deal and I'm going to bet on myself as always,"
He said, per NFL insider Adam Schefter.
25-year-old Smith made career-high 163 tackles, 3.0 sacks
And one interception in 2021 throughout the 17-game season with the Bears.
The former No. 9 overall pick will improve on those stats and sweeten his future contract.
Smith will likely start alongside Joe Thomas and Nicolas Morrow.
The Bears began their 2022 season with a Week 1 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers on September 11.