Roquan Smith is the future of Chicago Bears defensively, and whenever the team offered him a long-term contract, he got paid. The Bears have picked defenders for their fifth year of starting, and if he does well into 2021, Smith will become the only first-round draft pick that general manager Ryan Pace will reward with a second contract. two.
After the latest blockbuster, which San Francisco 49ers paved road signed Fred Warner for a five-year agreement valued at $95 million, the market is already well placed for Smith, who is experiencing one of the most impressive seasons of his youth career. He is the second All-Pro team in 2020, scoring a total of 139 tackles (98 solos, 18 losses), 4 clearances and 2 interceptions. He got a total score of 67.2 from PFF, and is exceptionally good in terms of coverage, scoring 84.0 while allowing a stingy 75.8 passerby rating when targeted by opposing midfielders.
Smith was the only defensive player to feature at the team’s OTAs in June, and at just 24 years old, he will become a staple of the Bears’ defence.
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What might Roquan’s contract look like
Warner’s deal may just be the starting point. Indianapolis Colts guard Darius Leonard is expected to write something along the lines of a four-year, $19+million-a-year deal, each NFL insider Adam Schefter.
Smith was once named the All-Pro of the second team. Warner and Leonard are both First-Class All-Pros (Leonard has been honored twice), so it remains to be seen if that will make any difference when it comes time for Chicago to negotiate a contract with Smith or not.
Currently, Smith is looking at something like a four/five year deal worth up to $20 million per year, according to salary cap expert Brad Spielberger by Pro Football Focus.
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2021 will be a big year for Smith
When asked about signing a long-term contract with the Bears last month, Smith dodged the question. “That will come when it comes. I’m not too focused on that right now. My main focus right now is OTA, out here with my teammates,” Smith said on June 15.
Smith added: “I definitely feel like this season, I’m like one of the leads and not. “I feel like I’ll speak up when necessary, but I’m not a rah-rah guy and go out there and try to tell people what to do. I feel like we’re all grown-ups here. We know right from wrong. We know if we are doing the right things and what not. So it’s just about each and every individual holding themselves accountable. “
However, Smith has added that a new deal is “definitely” what he wants.
How well Smith performs this coming season will be huge, as it will most likely determine the extent to which the Bears provide for him.
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