Report on Roquan Smith deal: 'They've got a ways to go'

here's still weight on the shoulders of Bears' general manager Ryan Poles this offseason. T

Despite the clear cut decision to gut the roster and jettison Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman and Allen Robinson, there's still work to be done for the first year general manager. 

First and foremost, the organization needs to lock up star linebacker Roquan Smith to a long-term deal. But, according to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, the two sides are still far apart on an agreement. 

"They definitely got a ways to go when it comes to a long term deal," Breer said on NBC Sports Chicago's Unfiltered with David Kaplan.

Smith is a high-value defensive asset in today's NFL. He's one of two players in history to record two straight seasons with a combined 300 tackles and 30 plus tackles for loss.

 He's recorded nearly 100 solo tackles in each of the last three seasons. The Bears already announced their intention to make him the WILL linebacker in their 4-3 system too. 

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