Roquan Smith's camp has yet to address his desire for a lucrative contract extension. In a statement released Tuesday, the linebacker requested a trade.

"The new front office regime doesn't value me here," Smith wrote in part. "Every step of this journey has been 'take it or leave it'.

It is a deal that would be bad for me, and for the entire LB market, if I signed it. They've been trying to take advantage of me since April, so I've been trying to get something fair done.

As a Bear, I wanted to bring a (Super Bowl) back to the city. As a result, I have no choice but to request a trade that will allow me to play for an organization that truly values what I have to offer

Maybe the McCaskey family can salvage this, but I don't see a way back to the organization I love as of right now.

In his last two seasons, Smith earned two consecutive second-team All-Pro selections as one of Chicago's best defenders.

Since training camp opened nearly two weeks ago, the Bears have not made Smith a serious offer for a long-term deal that would keep him in Chicago for years.

Rapoport reported that Chicago's backloaded offer offended Smith because it didn't make him the top-paid LB in actual salary and had de-escalators no other NFL contract of that scope had.

Smith's reputation seems to vary depending on who you ask. Media members who hold All-Pro votes haven't shied away from recognizing his performance despite not being voted into the Pro Bowl.

Despite his best single-season defensive grade of 67.2, Pro Football Focus sees Smith as a middling defender.

With Smith, who is due $9.7 million in his fifth and final year of his rookie contract, Chicago seems to be following the same logic.

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