Lessons learned in the Roquan Smith contract standoff

Another problem faced by general manager Ryan Pols in his first year ended with Roquan Smith’s return to practice.

The entire hold-in process shows how little a player gains in such situations while also underlining what neophytes can do when they do battle.

Until Smith went public with a letter blasting Bear, he was as close to a model citizen as possible in this situation. No one would expect a player seeking an extension to spend all offseason doing voluntary work and mandatory work, but Smith did. Meanwhile, starter Robert Quinn has a contract this year nearly double that of Smith and gave up everything in the offseason. Go to figure.

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