The first week of the Chicago Bears-Roquan Smith standoff has drawn to a close and as of now, there hasn’t been any progress made that we know of.

However, if there’s a trending direction for the situation, one could certainly classify it as “up” after head coach Matt Eberflus said Smith will travel with the team to Seattle for the Bears’ second preseason game.

Smith won’t play, but he’ll still accompany his coaches and fellow teammates on the journey, which is more than what some players that aren’t even “holding-in” are doing (looking at you, Darren Waller).

There’s a chance the Bears’ flight could be one Smith short on their flight back, however, and that one Smith is Roquan, himself.

That’s because the Seattle Seahawks are one of the top matches when it comes to being classified as a potential trade partner for the Bears.

The ‘Hawks have two first-rounders and two second-rounders in next year’s draft. Hell, they even have an extra fifth if you want to get really fancy.

They also have around $40 million in cap space in 2023 and they have around $115 million in 2024, per Over The Cap. And, the Seahawks don’t have a franchise quarterback like Russell Wilson that they have to pay $40+ million to anytime soon. Meaning, they have plenty of cash to give Smith the extension he desires.

Seattle has a need for Smith, too. They have a young, rising star in ILB Jordyn Brooks, but they need someone next to him. The coaching staff is high on Brooks’ running mate, Cody Barton, but Smith represents a clear upgrade and would give the Seahawks one of the NFL’s best linebacker duos if he were to join the 12s.

It’s too bad Smith isn’t playing in this game. He could offer up a live audition for the Seahawks. But, at the same time, there is plenty of tape on Smith, so they know what he’s capable of.

General Manager Ryan Poles has said he intends to keep Smith on the Bears roster, but there’s definitely a good chance Smith will be a Seahawk if the price is right.

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