He claimed that general manager Ryan Poles was disrespectful during contract negotiations.
Making the request was his way of letting Bears fans know about the real score.
Smith decided to play the fifth-year option Chicago exercised as the drama dies.
He will get a fully-guaranteed deal in 2022 worth $9.7 million and decide on his next move after the season.
Returning to the Bears is an option but not a guarantee.
However, it would be comforting for the team’s fans to know that he enjoyed Week 1 of the 2022 season.
He had fun not just because they defeated the San Francisco 49ers.
Instead, he had the time of his life playing in the rain.
Roquan Smith was having the time of his life playing in the rain. 😂🌧️ @ChicagoBears
— NFL (@NFL) September 15, 2022
Smith Enjoying The Rain
Rains poured hard during the Bears-49ers matchup, prompting Smith to say, “This is the most game I’ve played in with the most rain probably.”
He added, “I done played in some rain…Boy, every time I tackle somebody, I hit the ground, I get soaked.”
As the rain was pouring down, the two-time Second-Team All-Pro member said, “Boy, I feel like a little kid. You know, playing in the yard when it rains?”
“Hey, I felt like I was in a swimming pool out there, when you’re a kid and water go in your nose.” Smith also quipped.
Smith finished the game with seven tackles and 0.5 sacks.
The Bears will aim for a 2-0 record when they play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.