First Call: Steelers fans won’t like list of potential destinations for Roquan Smith; Jose Quintana solid again for St. Louis

Thursday’s “First Call” wonders if the Pittsburgh Steelers can land Chicago Bears star Roquan Smith in a trade. If they can’t, who will?

Also, a former Pirate is shining for his new team. A former Penguin is now a college coach. And a former Steeler may not be able to suit up upon his return to Pittsburgh.


Roquan a Raven?

Disgruntled Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith has been removed from the physically unable to perform list. It’s unclear if that is a sign of progress in negotiations on a new contract or a step toward greasing the wheels for a trade out of town.

As FanNation’s BearDigest at SI.com points out, taking Smith off PUP could be an indication that “his ‘hold-in’ is no longer being sanctioned by the team. It could mean Smith might be going to a hold-out status or that the Bears are planning to fine him for missed practices. He is under contract but seeking a contract extension beyond 2022. The Bears don’t have to fine him, but if he isn’t at practice and is healthy, then they’re setting a bad precedent for future possible hold-outs if they don’t fine him. In his case, it could be about $40,000 a day.”

Steelers fans and blogs are, of course, salivating at the notion of a trade. Why not? As a player who has been a second-team All-Pro each of the past two years, he’d be a massive…

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