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Roquan Smith not among Bears rookies reporting to training camp

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Roquan Smith not among Bears rookies reporting to training camp

Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith won't be reporting to Bourbonnais with the rest of the team's rookie class Monday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. His absence won't be considered a holdout until the veterans are required to report on July 19.

Smith is among several top-10 picks without a contract but is the first who will grab a headline. Chicago's training camp starts earlier than most this year because of their participation in the Hall of Fame Game on August 4. The extra week of camp makes Smith's contract status less concerning, even if it spills into the first few practices.

Still, we aren't too far removed from Joey Bosa's lengthy contract dispute with the Los Angeles Chargers that centered around offset language and his signing bonus. Generally speaking, teams want offset language in rookie contracts as protection in the event they decide to cut a player in his fourth season. If the contract doesn't include offset language, the player is entitled to all of the money in that fourth season while also eligible to sign with another team and, for lack of a better term, double dip. 

This is one of the few issues that can result in a holdout now that the rookie wage scale is in place. Smith isn't arguing over dollars. Instead, it's about contract language, which can get dicey.

We'll know a lot more about how far apart the Bears and Smith is on his contract come July 19, when this disagreement will officially become a holdout.

Roquan Smith not among Bears rookies reporting to training camp

usatsi_10875810.jpg
USA Today

Roquan Smith not among Bears rookies reporting to training camp

Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith won't be reporting to Bourbonnais with the rest of the team's rookie class on Monday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. His absence won't be considered a holdout until the veterans are required to report on July 19.

Smith is among several top-10 picks without a contract but is the first who will grab a headline. Chicago's training camp starts earlier than most this year because of their participation in the Hall of Fame Game on August 4. The extra week of camp makes Smith's contract status less concerning, even if it spills into the first few practices.

Still, we aren't too far removed from Joey Bosa's lengthy contract dispute with the Los Angeles Chargers that centered around offset language and his signing bonus. Generally speaking, teams want offset language in rookie contracts as protection in the event they decide to cut a player in his fourth season. If the contract doesn't include offset language, the player is entitled to all of the money in that fourth season while also eligible to sign with another team and, for lack of a better term, double dip. 

This is one of the few issues that can result in a holdout now that the rookie wage scale is in place. Smith isn't arguing over dollars. Instead, it's about contract language, which can get dicey.

We'll know a lot more about how far apart the Bears and Smith is on his contract come July 19, when this disagreement will officially become a holdout.