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Chicago Bears LB Roquan Smith requests trade

Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith (58) warms up during organized team activities at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith has requested a trade from the team amid a contract dispute and a training camp “hold-in.”

Here's everything you need to know:

Season Snaps Overall Grade Run-Defense Grade Coverage Grade
2021 1,010 47.8 30.0 69.2
2020 1,016 67.2 39.8 84.0
2019 719 52.4 53.0 55.4
2018 946 66.6 51.8 72.7

Since the Bears selected Smith with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, here's where he ranks among off-ball linebackers:

-78.7 coverage grade (11th)
-391 tackles (2nd)
-57 tackles for loss/no gain (2nd)
-15 sacks (4th)

Smith was recently listed as the 14th-best off-ball linebacker in the NFL in Sam Monson's linebacker rankings heading into 2022.

The Bears' current projected starting lineup on defense includes zero players who earned a 70.0-plus PFF grade in 2021.

Smith is entering the last year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to make $9.73 million under the fifth-year option.

Teams that could perhaps explore a trade for Smith: Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Commanders

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