NFL Rumors: Raiders Among Potential Destinations For Roquan Smith

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Ernesto Cova

The Chicago Bears were dealt another massive blow when star defender Roquan Smith asked for a trade. He claimed he felt disrespected by the team's lowballing offers and that he could hurt the market by taking the deal.

The Bears are set to kick off the season vs. the San Francisco 49ers, and there has been little-to-no traction about a potential Smith deal, so it seems like they've decided to hold their ground and keep him throughout the season.

Bears Could Still Trade Him

Smith also claimed he would handle himself like a professional and honor his contract with the Bears. However, we've seen how those situations can escalate quickly, especially on a team that's not expected to be very good this season.

So, if Smith decides not to give 100% effort or the Bears know they're just going to lose him in free agency, there's still a big chance that they'll look to find him a new home before the end of the season. With that in mind, let's look at three potential destinations for him.

Las Vegas Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders made several improvements in the offseason. They should be in the mix for a Wild Card berth, even in arguably football's toughest divisions, so don't sleep on them when it comes to any available star.

The Raiders have north of $20 million in cap space, so finance shouldn't be an issue to bring in Smith and lock him for the future. Their run defense has been mediocre for the past couple of years, and he'd be a major upgrade over Divine Deablo and Denzel Perryman.

Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys improved a lot defensively, with Robert Quinn calling the shots. Moreover, they have arguably the most exciting defensive prospect in the league in Micah Parsons, so it would only make sense for them to try and build around him.

Like the Raiders, the Cowboys have a lot of cap space available, and it's clear that Leighton Vander Esch is never going back to full strength. They were middle-of-the-pack against the run last season, so there's an obvious need for improvement.

Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers were one of the biggest winners of the offseason. Outside of decision-making in critical moments, their defense was their Achilles heel on a season they should've made the playoffs, and they know it.

So, even though they've already added Khalil Mack and J.C. Jackson, there's no reason to think they won't lose to improve their defense even more. Bolstering their pass rush with another star could put them ahead of the Bills at the top of the AFC, even if landing Smith could be expensive.

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