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Ravens Trade for Bears LB Roquan Smith



Ravens Roquan Smith

The Baltimore Ravens traded for inside linebacker Roquan Smith from the Chicago Bears on Monday, bolstering the Baltimore defense for the stretch run.

Smith will go to the Ravens in exchange for second- and fifth-round picks in the 2023 NFL Draft. The Steelers will play the Ravens in Week 14 and Week 17.

Smith is a four-year veteran that is still only 25 years old. He’s been an AP All-Pro the last two seasons, and Smith is on pace do exceed his best career numbers this season.

In eight games, Smith has 2.5 sacks and an NFL-leading 83 tackles. He also has four tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, three passes defended and two interceptions. Smith’s best statistical season came in 2020, when he had four sacks and 139 tackles while earning his first All-Pro selection.

The Bears originally selected Smith with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Georgia.

The Ravens will likely play Smith alongside Patrick Queen as inside linebackers, with Odafe Oweh and Jason Pierre-Paul at outside linebacker. Baltimore is also set to get rookie edge rusher David Ojabo back from his Achilles surgery for the second half of the season, significantly increasing the depth at linebacker.

The 3-5 Bears appear to be in a full fire sale. They also traded edge rusher Robert Quinn to the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

The NFL trade deadline is at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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