All-Pro Linebacker Has Requested A Trade

Roquan Smith, a linebacker with the Chicago Bears, has formally asked to be traded as the regular season approaches.

Smith outlined his motivations for leaving in a lengthy essay that was published this morning, Tuesday.

has stopped believing in Chicago's new front office system. He feels that they shouldn't value him as much as they do.

Unfortunately, I am not valued here by the current front office regime.

If I accepted the offer that was made to me, it would be detrimental to both myself and the LB market as a whole, Smith stated.

I wanted to support the Bears throughout my career and aid them in bringing the Super Bowl back to our community.

Smith, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, had 163 combined tackles