Ravens acquire LB Roquan Smith in trade with Bears

Ravens acquire LB Roquan Smith in trade with Bears

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens traded for Chicago bones linebacker Roquan Smith on Monday, a team source confirmed, filling a major weakness in the middle of their defense.

The Ravens will send the Bears a second- and fifth-round pick in 2023 to acquire Smith, the NFL’s leading tackler, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Ravens have been looking to upgrade at inside linebacker for some time Josh Bynes has fought and Patrick Queen has fallen short of first-round expectations. In late March, Baltimore was close to landing a free agent Bobby Wagnerwho decided to sign with him Branches of Los Angeles.

Smith has the second-most tackles (606) in the NFL since entering the league in 2018, trailing only Wagner (656).

Fox Sports first reported the trade.

Smith was playing out the final year of his rookie contract — a fifth-year, $9.7 million option — after the linebacker and the Bears couldn’t agree on an extension in the offseason.

The 25-year-old reported to training camp on time in July and was placed on the physically disabled list with an undisclosed injury. On August 9, Smith publicly demanded a trade after he called contract talks between himself and the organization “nasty.” Smith ended his holdout after nearly a month and returned to practice on August 20.

Through eight games, Smith leads the NFL with 83 total tackles and is third in solo tackles with 52. His number of solo tackles would only rank second on the Ravens’ all-tackle list, one behind Queen.

Smith also has 2.5 sacks and two interceptions this season.

The two-time All Pro contributor is the second member of Chicago’s defense to be traded before Tuesday’s deadline. Defensive end Robert Quinn was sent to Philadelphia for a fourth-round pick last week. Including the second- and fifth-round picks Chicago received for Smith, the Bears have nine draft picks in 2023.

ESPN’s Courtney Cronin contributed to this report.

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