NFL warns all teams about Roquan Smith trade

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero informed on Monday that an anonymous person has called several clubs to discuss a possible Smith trade.

It's not understood if this is someone associated with Smith or an unrelated person.

Pelissero also briefed that the NFL Management Council sent a warning to all teams.

He also reminds all teams that to take a call with a player under contract or their agent is tampering, and they're prepared to dole out serious punishment if anyone breaks the rules.

Recently Smith, picked by the Bears in the 2018 draft, requested a trade. He released a statement to the media detailing why he wants out of Chicago.

The reason is Smith feels like the Bears new front office, headed by Ryan Poles, doesn't value him.

He also told that he felt disrespected by their "take it or leave it" contract offer that he considered to be bad for him and the "entire linebacker market."

Now he is earning just over $9 million this year. He wants a new contract.

But the problem for Smith is - he doesn't have a lot of leverage. He's under contract this year and could be franchise-tagged next year.