The lessons learned from the Roquan Smith contract standoff

Roquan Smith’s return to practice ended another of the problematic situations general manager Ryan Poles faced in his first year.

The entire holding process showed how little leverage the player has in such situations, while also highlighting what happens when neophytes fight.

Until Smith went public with a letter blasting the Bears, he was as close to a model citizen as you could get in this situation. No one could have expected a player seeking an extension to put in all the voluntary and mandatory offseason work, but Smith did. Meanwhile, starter Robert Quinn is under contract for nearly twice as much as Smith this year and missed it all in the offseason. Give an account.

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