Roquan Smith has emotional reaction when learning of Robert Quinn trade from Bears to Eagles
Roquan Smith and Robert Quinn had been teammates on the Chicago Bears since 2020, with Quinn inking a 5-year deal with the franchise in April of that year and Smith on board since 2018 as the team’s 1st-round pick that year.
Quinn had an explosive season in 2021, registering 18.5 sacks, but with the Bears in the midst of a struggling season despite a victory over the New England Patriots on Monday, and with Quinn having just made 1 sack thus far in 2022, it was time for Chicago to move on.
And move on it did, trading him to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 4th-rounder.
It’s certainly part of the business around the NFL: players get traded on a regular basis. But you don’t hear a great deal about the emotional bond between teammates, which spilled over on Wednesday. As you can see below, Smith was at the podium meeting the media ahead of the Bears’ meeting with the Cowboys on Sunday. And the former Georgia star grew emotional when learning of Quinn’s move to Philadelphia:
We were speaking with Roquan Smith when the Robert Quinn trade broke. He was having a tough time and had to cut it short. pic.twitter.com/Ekd168m62S
— Sean Hammond (@sean_hammond) October 26, 2022
“Yeah, man. Sucks,” Smith said, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jack Baer. “I have a great deal of respect for that guy. Man, crazy.”
The Bears are currently 3-4 on the season, while the Eagles are the NFL’s lone undefeated team at 6-0. What impact will Quinn have on his new team?