Contract dispute between the Bears and the Linebacker Ruchuan Smith It hit a new level on Tuesday.
Smith announced that he had requested a trade from Chicago.
The linebacker released a statement, via NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, stating that writing the words he was asked to trade was “extremely distressing.”
Unfortunately, the new front office system You can’t get me hereSmith Books. They refused to negotiate in good faith, every step of this journey was a “take it or leave it”. The deal sent to me is a deal that would be bad for myself and the entire LB market if I signed it. I’ve been trying to get something done fair since April, but their focus has been on trying to take advantage of me.
“I wanted to be a bear throughout my career, this team helped bring the Super Bowl back to our city. However, they left me no choice but to ask for a deal that would allow me to play for an organization that truly appreciates what I bring to the table.”
Smith does not leave open the possibility of canceling a trade order.
He wrote: “I haven’t had a chance to speak with the McCasky family and maybe they can salvage that, but so far I don’t see a way back to the organization I really love.”
Per Rapoport, Chicago’s show is loaded up again and won’t make it the highest-paid linebacker in actual salary. Smith has also been offended by the proposed ladder-eliminators that are not in the contract of any of the 94 players other than quarterbacks who earn at least $15 million a year.
Smith is currently on the list physically unable to perform. But he wasn’t planning on training anyway during the contract dispute, which effectively resulted in a “book”.
Smith was the 8th overall pick for the 2018 draft, the All-Pro team was second in each of the last two seasons. He recorded a career high of 163 total tackles last season, with 12 tackles for losses, 4.0 sacks, interceptions and three defensive passes.
In 61 career games, Smith has five interceptions, 14.0 sacks, and 43 losing tackles.
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