Three Trade Proposals to Acquire Roquan Smith
As noted in yesterday’s Late for Work, the Ravens have been named a top landing spot for Chicago Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith if he’s traded.
What would the Ravens have to give up to acquire Smith? Ebony Bird’s Justin Fried came up with three trade proposals:
Ravens trade a second-round pick for Smith.
“There aren’t many recent examples of a talented off-ball linebacker on expiring contracts getting traded. The New York Jets traded Jonathan Vilma to the New Orleans Saints for third and fourth-round picks back in 2008. Eight years later, the New England Patriots shipped Pro Bowler Jamie Collins to Cleveland for a third-round pick. It’s safe to suggest that the 25-year-old Smith would command more than Vilma and Collins did, but how much more? A second-round pick feels like a good starting point.”
Ravens tradeathird, fourth, and fifth-roundpicksfor Smith.
“This would leave the Ravens without a pick in the third and fourth rounds, although they would still possess a fifth-rounder thanks to the Shaun Wade trade from a year ago. On top of that, the Ravens love to stockpile compensatory picks and they could be in line for some again next offseason which would curb those losses. Not to mention, after an 11-player draft class, the Ravens likely aren’t looking to make as many picks this time around. The Bears don’t land a top-60 pick which would surely leave many fans irate, but they do add three mid-round picks that could be used to bolster a thin and rebuilding roster. Is Smith worth more than this in a vacuum? Absolutely. But the reality of the situation is that the Bears might either have to trade Smith or let him walk for free in the offseason. Any leverage they may have had is gone.”
Ravens trade a second-round pick and OG Ben Powers for Smith and a seventh-round pick.
“Ben Powers enters the preseason in competition for the starting left guard job in Baltimore. There’s still every chance he beats out the likes of Tyre Phillips, Ben Cleveland, and Patrick Mekari for the starting job, but he also could start elsewhere. The Bears are set to begin the regular season with former Ravens castoff Michael Schofield as their starting right guard. Schofield was with the Ravens last summer and failed to make the roster or even the practice squad. That’s the player the Bears are relying on as their everyday starter at right guard. Powers, while unspectacular, would undoubtedly be an upgrade.”