Early Tuesday morning, NFL defensive star Roquan Smith demanded a trade away from the Chicago Bears. Smith, 25, doesn't feel the team properly values him.
Smith and the Bears had been in ongoing contract negotiations. However, those discussions didn't go very well.
In a new statement, Smith explains he doesn't feel the Bears properly value him. He now wants to be traded.
"They've refused to negotiate in good faith," Smith wrote, via ESPN.com. "Every step of this journey has been 'take it or leave it.' The deal sent to me is one that would be bad for myself, and for the entire LB market if I signed it."
Bears GM Ryan Poles reacted to Smith's trade request during a press conference on Tuesday.
"I'll double down on what I've said before -- my feelings for Roquan haven't changed at all," Poles said. "I think he's a very good football player. I love the kid. I love what he's done on the field, which makes me really disappointed with where we're at right now. I thought we'd be in a better situation, to be completely honest with you.
"In terms of our philosophy in the front office, I've always believed and always will that we take care of our homegrown talent. We pay them, we take care of them, and we take everyone for what they've done and what they can become in the future. And with this situation, we've showed respect from a very early timeframe and with that said, there's record-setting pieces of this contract that I thought was going to show him the respect that he deserves, and obviously that hasn't been the case.
"With that said, we can't lose sight that this isn't about one player. My job is to build a roster that's going to sustain success for a long period of time. At the end of the day, we've got to do what's best for the Chicago Bears."
Roquan Smith, if traded, will garner plenty of interest. He's only 25 and a highly-disrupted NFL linebacker.
It's going to be interesting to see how the Bears respond here.