In the midst of trying to negotiate a long-term deal with Chicago, Smith apparently had enough. He is the centerpiece of the Bears' defense and would be a great acquisition for almost any team. In fact, almost every team would improve their defense by adding Smith.
Here are a few things to unpack. The first thing is the possibility that he is actually being traded. Bears general manager Ryan Pols has been nothing short of a disaster so far, and his top priority should be trying to develop Justin Fields.
Having an All-Pro linebacker doesn't really help it. Poles need players and draft capital to make this happen. He needs to infuse the offensive line with more talent and add legitimate NFL receivers to the team.
Trading Roquan Smith could net both a player and a draft pick, so thinking about it long term, it makes sense to trade Smith and the Bears if the terms are out of reserve.