Roquan Smith Nov 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith (58) tackles Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Devin Duvernay (13) in the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Just a few days ago, Chicago Bears veteran linebacker Roquan Smith got emotional at a press conference when he learned that well-respected teammate Robert Quinn was being traded to the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles. Now, Smith is the one being traded from the team.

According to league insider Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Chicago Bears are trading veteran linebacker Roquan Smith to the Baltimore Ravens ahead of Tuesday afternoon’s league-wide trade deadline.

“After a frustrating summer of long-term contract negotiations, Chicago moves on with a 2nd rounder and a fifth-rounder coming back. Meanwhile, Baltimore acquires a defensive leader and star defender,” Rapoport said in a Tweet on Monday afternoon.

The move comes after Smith requested a trade from the organization back in August after contract negotiations stalled, saying “the new front office regime doesn’t value me here” and saying that the team “refused to negotiate in good faith.” Smith was in the final year of his contract with the team and sat out the entire preseason as he sought either a trade or a new contract.

Now, Smith is joining the Ravens, and the NFL world had plenty to say about it on Twitter.

It’s clear that the Bears are in the midst of a rebuild while the Ravens are attempting to win this season. Given that, the move makes complete sense for both sides.

[Ian Rapoport]