There is big news in the NFL on Tuesday morning when Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith publicly requested a trade, and it’s really not just a stretch to claim that fans of another 31 teams certainly like the Miami Dolphins immediately began taking into consideration the the thought of Smith joining their team.
Smith is really a four-year starter in the NFL, was named as second-team AP All-Pro in 2021 and he turned only 25 in April, so he’s a hot commodity who will make plenty of defenses better.
His addition would supply the Dolphins, for instance, just one more talented young starter in a defense that already includes rising stars like Jevon Holland and Christian Wilkins, not forgetting among the top cornerbacks in the league.
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Smith is really a multi-talented inside linebacker who makes plays all around the field he’s the fourth player this millennium with at the very least500 tackles, 10 sacks and 5 interceptions in his first four seasons, alongside Shaquille Leonard (previously referred to as Darius), Lavonte David and Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher.
In his public statement, via NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, Smith expressed his dissatisfaction with negotiations on a fresh contract with the Bears.
Smith is headed in to the final year of the rookie contract the Bears found the fifth-year option he signed after being the eighth overall pick in the 2018 draft and is scheduled to create $9.75 million in 2022.
It’s probably safe to assume he’s searching for a higher salary for a number of years.
For comparison purposes, Leonard may be the highest-paid off-the-ball linebacker in the NFL (per overthecap.com) having an annual average of $19.7 million and $33 million guaranteed on the extension he signed in August 2021.
Beyond the trade compensation that might be necessary to land Smith, making him fit beneath the salary cap will undoubtedly be another consideration for potential suitors.
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And that is where it gets tricky for the Dolphins.
Yes, almost always there is solutions to create room to create in a talented player (see Rams, LA), the Dolphins already will need to do some major cap massaging in 2023 because they’re already $2.4 million over for next season, in accordance with overthecap.com.
Yes, 25-year-old All-Pro linebackers don’t become available each day, but …
Then there’s the problem of what it could try pry Smith from the Bears, and something would think a first-round pick plus other assets will be the starting place and, no, Smith for Preston Williams and Lynn Bowden, who the Dolphins are shopping, wouldn’t normally take action.
Lastly, there’s this matter, and that is the Bears, and whether they will acquiesce with their star’s demand.
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The Dolphins involve some recent experience with this particular, since it was a bit more when compared to a year ago they went through a similar thing with Xavien Howard.
Ultimately, the Dolphins recognized Howard’s ability and his importance to the defense, adjusted his contract for 2021 with a promise to revisit it this offseason, then followed through on the promise with a brand-new extension.
And Howard had recently turned 28 at the moment of his trade demand, not 25 like Smith. Ultimately, you might think the Bears would be sure to keep their star linebacker.
But stranger things have happened, actually happen continuously in the NFL.
If the Bears eventually do opt to trade him, the Dolphins will be crazy never to be interested though it will be an awfully tricky feat to accomplish.