Ravens make big move, trade for Bears LB Roquan Smith
He played well enough that he earned a trade to a contender.
The Baltimore Ravens added a big piece to their defense, trading for the inside linebacker on Monday. Smith has 83 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions this season. The Bears will get second- and fifth-round picks in return, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
That’s in addition to activating two pass rushers on the roster, including rookie David Ojabo. Ojabo was a projected first-round pick before he tore his Achilles during a pro workout. He made it to the second round. Tyus Bowser will also be activated, coach John Harbaugh said.
The Bears lost to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, dropping their record to 3-5. They were already sellers before Tuesday’s trade deadline, submitting the shipping step Robert Quinn to the Philadelphia Eagles last week.
Smith was a former first-round pick heading into the final year of his rookie contract. He wanted an extension, and the lack of movement on that front prompted the trade request before the season started. The Ravens will likely want to extend him after sending those two draft picks to Chicago in the trade.
The Ravens are 5-3, and could have been 8-0 had they not blown three double-digit leads. Getting Smith should help the defense maintain some of those advantages the rest of the season.
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