Roquan Smith Next Team: Ranking the Best Landing Spots for Bears Linebacker Roquan Smith

Roquan Smith announced this morning that he has requested a trade from the Chicago Bears. He has one more year on his contract and has been looking for an extension from the Bears. Jason Radowitz predicts where Roquan Smith could land.
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Roquan Smith Next Team: Ranking the Best Landing Spots for Bears Linebacker Roquan Smith

The Bears' All-Pro linebacker will be looking for a new home. Roquan Smith has one more year on his contract and has been looking for an extension from the Bears. However, he's said that the Bears haven't negotiated in good faith. Chicago currently has a new front office regime and apparently, they're not valuing the 25-year-old. There are many teams in need of an All-Pro linebacker like Smith. Will the Bears grant him his wish and trade Smith? Here are the top locations for Smith if he's traded away.

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Ranking the Best Landing Spots for Bears Linebacker Roquan Smith

1. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens would be the top spot for Smith. At middle linebacker, the Ravens have been planning to start Josh Bynes. The average fan has probably never heard of Bynes, but the average fan sure knows who Smith is. The Ravens and their fans know how important the middle linebacker position is. They got to root on Ray Lewis throughout his entire career at the middle linebacker spot. The Ravens are healthy and should be trying to win a title this year behind Lamar Jackson. Go get Smith.

2. Denver Broncos

This is the first year since Payton Manning that the Denver Broncos are going to be competitive again. Russell Wilson has changed the entire dynamic of this team. It's time to go all in. The Broncos have Jonas Griffith and Josey Jewell as the top linebackers. While they're not terrible options, Smith makes a whole lot more sense for a team trying to get back into the playoffs.

3. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins are another contending team that should be looking at adding Smith. The Dolphins did a whole lot for their offense in the offseason, adding Tyreek Hill as the big playmaker. But what about adding Smith as their big defensive difference maker? Elandon Roberts and Jerome Baker are currently the two starters on the inside. Clearly, Smith would be an upgrade for the Dolphins, who are going to have to compete against some really difficult offenses this year.

4. New England Patriots

The Patriots are always really sneaky in the marketplace. The Patriots develop stars at linebacker and then allow those players to go off and get more money elsewhere. So why not take a chance with Smith, sign him for another Super Bowl run, and then let him walk when he proves his value? He's a major upgrade to Ja'Whaun Bentley and on top of that, the Patriots rarely have depth at middle linebacker. The Patriots would benefit with Smith.

5. Dallas Cowboys

If I'm the Cowboys, I move on from Leighton Vander Esch and take a chance on Smith instead. Vander Esch only signed for one year worth $2 million. You can extend Smith and let Vander Esch walk after the season. The reality is, that Vander Esch could still be a great player, but he's always struggling to stay on the field. The middle linebacker position is important. Smith gives you more durability and if both are able to play on a given Sunday, the Cowboys will be flexible and have much-needed depth at the position.

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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