Roquan Smith is one of the bright spots on the Chicago Bears, but his face won’t be seen when veterans arrive at training camp Tuesday.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Smith, who is under contract through just the 2022 season, will not participate in training camp “because of his contract situation. Smith has not yet received an offer he would remotely consider, thus he’ll wait.”
Smith is arguably one of the most underrated players in the league.
Roquan Smith was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He’s recorded over 100 tackles in each of his first four seasons.
Hall of Famer Ray Lewis is the only other player than Smith in the last 23 years to post 300 or more tackles and 30 or more tackles for loss during a two-season span.
Despite his numbers, he has yet to be named to a Pro Bowl or All-Pro team during his first four seasons.
He tallied 163 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks, three passes defended, and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown, last season.