Roquan Smith Reportedly Makes Decision On His Future With The Bears

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Chicago Bears linebacker Rokan Smith has decided to play the final season of his current contract.

The news comes after a protracted and difficult contract situation that involved a trade request and a stop to a prolonged exercise.

Today was Smith's first day in practice this year.

He will reportedly "go full-on" for the Bears going forward, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

Smith is set to earn $9.7 million on his fifth-year option this coming season.

He will "bet on himself" to play well this coming season and earn a long-term contract -

With the Bears or elsewhere - before the 2023 season.

"It's the last year of my deal and I'm going to bet on myself as always,"

He said, per NFL insider Adam Schefter.

25-year-old Smith made career-high 163 tackles, 3.0 sacks

And one interception in 2021 throughout the 17-game season with the Bears.

The former No. 9 overall pick will improve on those stats and sweeten his future contract.

Smith will likely start alongside Joe Thomas and Nicolas Morrow.

The Bears began their 2022 season with a Week 1 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers on September 11.