The Chicago Bears are trading linebacker Roquan Smith to the Baltimore Ravens for second- and fifth-round draft picks, a source confirmed Monday.
The trade is Bears general manager Ryan Poles’ second major trade in six days. He traded defensive end Robert Quinn to the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday.
Smith was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 draft by former Bears GM Ryan Pace. He has totaled 607 tackles, 47 tackles for a loss, 16 ½ sacks, 20 quarterback hits, 20 passes defended and seven interceptions over 4 ½ seasons with the Bears.
The move to trade Smith comes after the linebacker staged a hold-in during training camp amid stalled contract negotiations. Smith made a public request for a trade, saying in a statement the team didn’t value him and refused to negotiate in good faith.
Poles and Smith eventually came to an understanding that he would play this season for the Bears without a new contract. He totaled 83 tackles, four tackles for a loss, three quarterback hits, 2 ½ sacks and two interceptions in eight games this season.
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