As trade talk swirls, Bears take Smith off PUP list

by Ricardo Gutierrez - As talk of his trade demand from Chicago swirls around the NFL, the Bears decided to remove linebacker Roquan Smith, 25, from the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday.

Chicago Bears remove linebacker Roquan Smith from physically unable to perform list 5:35 PM ET Courtney CroninESPN Staff Writer Close Covered the 49ers, Raiders and Warriors for the San Jose Mercury News. She joined ESPN in 2017. LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears removed linebacker Roquan Smith from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on Wednesday, the team announced. The news comes one day after Smith, 25, said in a written statement that he has requested a trade after contract negotiations between the linebacker and team reached an impasse. Smith reported to training camp on July 26 without a new contract and was expected to hold in until he and the Bears reached an agreement. The former first-round pick is entering the final year of his rookie deal where he is set to earn $9.7 million. Editor's Picks Smith requests trade, says Bears don't value him 23h Courtney Cronin 2 Related Smith participated in the entire Bears offseason workout program this spring while waiting for a new contract and did not appear to sustain injury at any point. The linebacker has been present for all 12 training camp practices, often seen riding a stationary bike and doing rehab exercises near the team's weight room. NFL teams are mandated by the collectively bargaining agreement to pay players their full salary while on the PUP list. The Bears are able to fine Smith $40,000 per day if he skips practice. Seattle wide receiver D.K. Metcalf and San Francisco wide receiver Deebo Samuel both held in at training camp for several days while waiting on new contracts but were not fined by their respective organizations.