The Chicago Bears have requested a trade for All-Pro linebacker Roquan Smith. Is the New England Patriots interested in trading for the player?
There was some major news in the NFL world today after Chicago Bears All-Pro linebacker Roquan Smith requested to trade.
Negotiating a long-term contract with Chicago, Smith has had enough. Nearly every team would be pleased to acquire him as he is the cornerstone of the Bears’ defense. By adding Smith, almost every team would upgrade their defense.
So, do you think the New England Patriots should make this deal?
We need to unpack a few things here. But, first, let’s look at the likelihood of trade as a starting point. Bears’ General Manager Ryan Poles have been a disaster so far, and his top priority should be trying to develop Justin Fields.
That doesn’t help if your linebacker is an All-Pro. To accomplish this, the Poles need draft capital and players. In addition, he needs to infuse more talent into the offensive line and add legitimate NFL receivers to the team.
When trading Roquan Smith, it is possible to gain both players and draft picks; therefore, in the long run, trading Smith makes sense if the conditions between him and the Bears are beyond saving.
We would then need to find out what it would take to get Smith. Well, it’ll probably take a mix of draft capital and players. However, there is adequate storage for both so that they could offer an enticing package. Coupled with the Patriots’ poor draft record, I would be willing to part with a draft pick or two for an experienced quarterback.
The Bears may be interested in Isaiah Wynn and Nelson Agholor. However, it appears as if ColorHowever, is the odd man out in the receiver room, and it appears as if Wynn moved from left tackle to correct tackle.
Onwenu can play tackle and can play well, so the team could easily slide him over.
Nelson Agholor did nothing wrong, but the additions of DeVante Parker and Tyquan Thornton might make Agholor expendable.
Currently, the Bears are in dire need of quality receivers and offensive linemen.
Agholor would likely be their second choice next to Mooney, and Wynn would be their best lineman.
There would probably be a draft pick involved, which I don’t think would be a huge deal.
A long-term extension would need to appear within a limited budget, which gets much larger next offseason.
Considering the Patriot’s offense hasn’t looked good in training camp so far, relying more on the defense might be the best move, and Roquan Smith can significantly improve that unit.