Roquan Smith missed his entire rookie training camp while he and the Bears haggled over his contract, but he said upon arriving that he didn’t regret it, and was ready to get to work.
“No, that’s just the business side of things,” Smith said Tuesday, via Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune. “It is what it is. And I’m just happy to be here now.”
The lengthy absence ended when Smith’s side and the Bears reached a compromise on voided guarantees, offering the No. 8 overall pick protection from on-field actions costing him.
And with that in hand, the Bears have to go about the business of getting him ready to start at inside linebacker. He went through his first light practice yesterday and will be with the team for joint workouts with the Broncos, but both sides are cognizant of the risk of injury by plunging headfirst into action after a month of working out alone.
“I have confidence in the coaches and the athletic training staff and myself,” Smith said. “We’ll take the proper…