Ravens purchase LB Roquan Smith in commerce with Bears

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens stuffed the most important void in the course of their protection with the NFL’s main tackler.

The Ravens acquired Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith on Monday, a group supply confirmed, finishing the deal a day earlier than the NFL commerce deadline. A supply advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Ravens are sending the Bears a second- and a fifth-round choose in 2023 for Smith, who tops the NFL with 83 tackles this season.

As a part of the commerce, the Ravens additionally despatched linebacker A.J. Klein to Chicago, a supply advised Schefter.

Smith was owed $5.408 million for the remainder of the season. As a part of the commerce settlement, the Bears are paying Smith $4.833 million whereas the Ravens are paying him the league-minimum $575,000 for the remainder of the season, sources advised Schefter.

Baltimore has lengthy been seeking to improve at inside linebacker, as Josh Bynes has struggled and Patrick Queen has fallen wanting first-round expectations. In late March, the Ravens had been near touchdown free agent Bobby Wagner, who determined to signal with the Los Angeles Rams. Smith, 25, has the second-most tackles (606) within the NFL since 2018, trailing solely Wagner (656).

A two-time second-team All-Professional, Smith gives management and playmaking capacity to a Ravens protection that’s permitting 22.9 factors per recreation, which ranks twentieth within the NFL. That is on tempo for Baltimore’s worst defensive scoring rating since 2015. That is one other aggressive transfer by Eric DeCosta, who made his third trade-deadline deal in his fourth yr as Ravens normal supervisor. Baltimore acquired cornerback Marcus Peters in 2019 and pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue in 2020. Fox Sports activities first reported the commerce.

Smith was taking part in out the ultimate yr of his rookie contract — a $9.7 million fifth-year possibility — after the linebacker and the Bears failed to return to an settlement on an extension throughout the offseason.

He reported to coaching camp on time in July and was positioned on the bodily unable to carry out checklist with an undisclosed damage. On Aug. 9, Smith publicly demanded a commerce after he described contract talks between himself and the group as “distasteful.” Smith ended his hold-in after practically a month and returned to observe Aug. 20.

The stress is on for the Ravens to signal Smith to an extension earlier than free company begins in six months. Baltimore seemingly will not use the franchise tag on Smith as a result of the group is anticipated to take action with quarterback Lamar Jackson if the edges are unable to succeed in a brand new deal.

Via eight video games, Smith is third within the league in solo tackles with 52 along with that league-high 83 complete tackles. His solo tackles tally alone would rank him second on the Ravens’ complete tackles checklist, one behind Queen’s 53.

Smith additionally has 2.5 sacks and two interceptions. He’s the second member of Chicago’s protection to be traded forward of the Tuesday deadline. Defensive finish Robert Quinn was despatched to Philadelphia for a fourth-round choose final Wednesday. Together with the second- and fifth-round picks Chicago acquired for Smith, the Bears have 9 draft picks in 2023.