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Top pick Smith agrees to terms with Bears

Following a protracted holdout that saw him miss the Bourbonnais portion of Chicago Bears training camp, first-round draft choice Roquan Smith is set to join the Bears.

Various outlets report the deal is a four-year contract worth roughly $18.4million dollars, with an estimated $11.5 million guaranteed.

Smith, the former Georgia linebacker and Butkus Awad winner, will be on hand as the Bears hold joint practices with the Broncos in the Denver area this week before playing a preseason game on Saturday night. His availability for workouts or action in the contest are undetermined. READ MORE

Fourth and goal: Bears fall short in Cincy

Quick thoughts after the Chicago Bears 30-27 loss to Cincinnati Thursday night in the Queen City.

1. Bears first team offense, specifically, QB Mitch Trubisky, needs more developmental playing time to continue his growth and to work out the kinks in the new offense. Trubisky’s two series of action netted -1 total yards. Drops and mental errors by teammates contributed to the ineffectiveness, but Trubisky’s limited experience was on display when he held onto the ball two long and took a sack.

2. Kevin White remains a major question mark. In limited action, the Bears targeted White frequently, with little payback in return. His drop of a potential first down catch added insult to injury in a lackluster offensive effort. Despite all the talk that White is healthy and ready to make an impact, he appears light years away from the player Chicago drafted with a top ten pick. READ MORE

Smith holdout takes backseat to Bears and Urlacher in Canton

As first-round draft pick Roquan Smith and the Chicago Bears continue their stalemate over contract language, the Bears and former LInebacker Brian Urlacher take center stage in Canton, Ohio.

Urlacher becomes the latest Bear to have his bust enshrined in Canton on Saturday night, while the Bears open the NFL preseason in the annual Hall of Fame game versus the Baltimore Ravens. The athletic and rangy Urlacher set a new standard in LB play, yet follows in a tradition of top-notch defenders in franchise history.

The HOF game also marks the debut of new Chicago head coach Matt Nagy and a new offensive coaching staff. The Bears have been tight-lipped on how much, if any, second-year Quarterback Mitch Trubisky and the starters might play, but the contest should provide opportunities for younger Bears players and those returning from injury to get on the field against an opponent. READ MORE