As of right now, there’s no clear end in sight to the Chicago Bears-Roquan Smith standoff.
But the NFL just made things a lot harder on Smith.
Per NFL Network‘s Tom Pelissero, the NFL Management Council sent a memo to clubs, warning them that a person contacting clubs regarding trading for Smith without written permission would be considered tampering.
The NFL Management Council sent a memo to clubs, warning them that a person contacting clubs about trading for #Bears LB Roquan Smith isn’t a certified agent and that any contact with a player under contract or his agent without direct written permission is tampering, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 15, 2022
So after docking the #Dolphins multiple draft picks, the NFL continues to threaten significant discipline for tampering violations and included this refresher on rules regarding trade talks with today’s memo. https://t.co/3gnTpcEMxC pic.twitter.com/8OxC56OQON— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 15, 2022
Essentially what Pelissero is saying is that any person contacting clubs about the possibility of a trade will be viewed as tampering. Right now, Smith is representing himself in these discussion, so the rule can even extend to Smith, himself.
Unless, they have written permission from the Bears.
And, per general manager Ryan Poles, that’s not happening anytime soon.
“Right now, my intention is to sign Roquan to this team,” Poles said recently. “We’re gonna take it day by day and at the end of the day we got to do what’s best for the organization. But my intention are to make sure Roquan Smith is on this team.”
This is a standard rule, but the NFL is cracking down harder than ever on tampering after the recent Miami Dolphins investigation that showed evidence of the Dolphins tampering with Tom Brady. Smith is having to live by these rules at arguably the worst time, possible.
All of this gives the Bears a big edge over Smith, at the end of the day. Who knows how interested teams were in the two-time All-Pro, but now, the interest is likely minute, at best.
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