Roquan Smith nearing a contract agreement with the Bears

Roquan Smith nearing a contract agreement with the Bears

To this point, the Bears had been at odds with Smith about finalizing a deal, mainly due to the NFL's new helmet rule, which essentially means that players can be ejected and suspended for using the head while making tackles.

When the Bears broke camp after Sunday's practice, Bears coach Matt Nagy wondered aloud if Smith's ability to play in Week 1 was being affected by his holdout.

ESPN first reported the two sides had progressed toward an agreement.

But almost four months after Chicago drafted Smith back in April, a deal is finally done, as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Twitter.

The University of Georgia product was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American last season and had been expected to start immediately at one of the Bears' linebacker spots. While it sounds insane the Jaguars would have to verbalize that, players apparently have yet something else to worry about when it comes to their contracts.

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Smith was the last first-round pick left unsigned.

Smith should step right into a starting role in what is an underrated Bears front seven.

Still, signing on Monday gives the Bears and Smith some hope that he can quickly get up to speed and be ready for the regular-season opener.

The Bears drafted Smith eighth overall in April.

Because of how talented Smith is and the fact that he's a day one starter, there was a lot of pressure within the organization to get this deal done as soon as possible.

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