The Roquan Smith "saga" is entering another day for the Chicago Bears. Training camp is already a week in and no deal is in place yet for the eighth overall pick. Smith and third overall pick Sam Darnold remain as the only two rookies unsigned. The Bears have had their share of rookie holdouts in the past and former head coach Dave Wannstedt was around when Curtis Enis was a holdout ahead of the 1998 season. Wannstedt was in attendance at Bears training camp on Friday in Bourbonnais and had a simple message for the rookie linebacker.

"At some point the player's got to understand that [the agent] works for me," Wannstedt said, via Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times. "I'm not working for the agent. And you've got to stand up and say, 'The contract's fair. I need to get in practice and help this football team."

There is obviously a fine line between getting what is fair and getting what is right. At this point it appears that is the holdup between Chicago and Smith.

Wannstedt knows a thing or two about young football players. He began his coaching career as a grad assistant in 1975 at Pittsburgh before coaching the defensive line at Oklahoma State (1979-1982) and USC (1983-1985) before becoming the defensive coordinator at Miami between 1986 and 1988. He then followed Jimmy Johnson to the Dallas Cowboys in 1989 as the defensive coordinator and eventually won Super Bowl XXVII with the team. He then served as the head coach of the Bears between 1993 and 998. He worked as an assistant under Johnson again with the Miami Dolphins in 1999 and 2000 before becoming the head coach there in 2000. Between 2005 and 2010 he served as the head coach at Pittsburgh before jumping back into the NFL in 2011 with the Buffalo Bills as the assistant head coach/linebackers coach. He last worked in the NFL in 2013 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the special teams coordinator.

In his six years with the Bears he went 40-56 and had just one playoff appearance in 1994. In five years at Miami he went 42-31 and went to the playoffs twice.

As far as Smith goes, Chicago is still waiting to get their young defensive cornerstone onto the practice field. He has missed a handful of practices up to this point and the Bears are set to play in their first preseason game of the year on August 2 in the Hall of Fame game against the Baltimore Ravens. In three seasons at Georgia, Smith recorded 252 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.

As a true freshman he appeared in 10 games and recorded 20 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in ten games primarily as a reserve. When given a chance in his sophomore year to start, he took full advantage. In 13 games in 2016 he recorded 95 tackles, 52 of them were solo tackles, five tackles for loss, one pass deflection, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles. Following his impressive sophomore season, Smith jumped to the next level in 2017. Last year he recorded 137 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, two pass deflections, two forced fumbles and one forced fumble. For those efforts he was named a consensus All-American, won the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award and won the prestigious Butkus Award, given out to the top collegiate linebacker every year by former Bears legend Dick Butkus.

The hope is Smith will be on the field soon with many Bears fans getting antsy as the preseason creeps closer.