The Chicago Bears got further assistance in laying the groundwork for the future,

and the Baltimore Ravens filled a vacuum in the middle of their defence.

Roquan Smith, the NFL's top tackler, was acquired by the Ravens on Monday, a source said.

Smith, a two-time All-Pro inside linebacker, will be traded by the Ravens to the Bears

for a second- and a fifth-round pick in 2023, a source informed ESPN's Adam Schefter.

According to a source who spoke with Schefter, the Ravens traded linebacker A.J. Klein to Chicago as part of the deal,

and the Bears will take on $4.833 million of Smith's $5.408 million remaining on his contract for the remainder of the year.

Before the trade deadline on Tuesday, the Baltimore Ravens added a playmaker to the defence.

Roquan Smith, a linebacker, was traded by the Chicago Bears to the Baltimore Ravens for 2023 second- and fifth-round

To strengthen a defence that is currently ranked 28th in yards allowed and 20th in points allowed, the Ravens install the tackling machine.