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focosteeler
04-29-2011, 05:35 PM
Years from now, the Baltimore Ravens might laugh about the craziness they endured before taking Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
But for now, they want draft-pick compensation from the Bears for the failed trade that forced the Ravens to skip the 26th selection, according to the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.
The NFL confirmed Friday that it's looking into the situation, which happened Thursday night after the Ravens told the league they had agreed to send the 26th pick to the Bears in exchange for the 29th selection and a fourth-rounder (127th overall). However, Chicago didn't confirm the trade to the league in time, forcing Baltimore to fall back in the draft order.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was mad about the faux pas, and he told the Bears and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as much, the Tribune reported, citing sources.
Bears general manager Jerry Angelo took blame for the situation, calling it a "glitch."
"We had a disconnect," Angelo said Thursday night. "There might be something said about it because of not communicating with the league in proper protocol. That was my fault. I called Baltimore and apologized to Baltimore and told them it was our fault."
According to the Tribune, Angelo told two staff members to inform the league about the deal, but each believed the other was doing it. Thus, the call wasn't made, putting the Ravens in a bad spot.
With the trade not official, Baltimore was told to make its selection or drop back to 27th. While Ravens coach John Harbaugh was on the phone with Smith, general manager Ozzie Newsome desperately tried to make his selection, but time ran out, and the Kansas City Chiefs were placed on the clock.
Fortunately for the Ravens, the Chiefs took Pittsburgh wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin at No. 26, allowing Baltimore to select Smith.
The Bears wanted to move up so they could select Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi. They were able to land him at No. 29 anyway.
"It turned out all right," Angelo said.
The Ravens were happy the Bears' blunder didn't lead the Chiefs to take Smith.
"There was a potential for us to lose it, yes," Newsome acknowledged. "But we got the player, and we're just happy to have him."
Newsome said more than one team approached the Ravens about a trade, but the Bears offered the best deal.
Newsome also had a trade fall apart in the first round of the 2003 draft. He was trying to seal a deal with the Minnesota Vikings to move back from No. 7, but the Ravens ran out of time and had to wait until the ninth pick to draft defensive tackle Kevin Williams, now a six-time Pro Bowl selection. The Jacksonville Jaguars rushed to take quarterback Byron Leftwich at No. 7, and the Carolina Panthers snuck in at No. 8 to take offensive tackle Jordan Gross.

StarSpangledSteeler
04-29-2011, 05:41 PM
They also want to be AFC north champs.

Good luck with both.

Steelgal
04-29-2011, 05:43 PM
Do the Ravens ever not complain??? It was admirable of the Bears to acknowledge the mistake and apologize for it. Had the Ravens NOT gotton their player, I could see it being a much bigger deal. I'm sure it isn't much of a difference, but they got the player they wanted and due to the lower pick, they'll pay less for him.

hawaiiansteel
04-29-2011, 11:34 PM
Bears-Ravens controversy ends with no picks changing hands

Posted by Mike Florio on April 29, 2011

http://nbcprofootballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/jerryangelomarch5-e1295926882462.jpg?w=246

The Ravens wanted a fourth-round pick from the Bears for a trade that didnít happen during the first round of the 2011 draft after the Bears admittedly failed to call the trade in to the league.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Commissioner Roger Goodell would not order the Bears to compensate the Ravens, but he encouraged them to do so.

In response, the Bears essentially encouraged the Ravens to go to hell, surrendering nothing.

The case is now closed.

Still, it could mean that the Ravens and other teams will think twice before doing business with the Bears and G.M. Jerry Angelo in the future.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... ing-hands/ (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/29/bears-ravens-controversy-ends-with-no-picks-changing-hands/)

BradshawsHairdresser
04-30-2011, 09:59 AM
Do the Ravens ever not complain??? It was admirable of the Bears to acknowledge the mistake and apologize for it. Had the Ravens NOT gotton their player, I could see it being a much bigger deal. I'm sure it isn't much of a difference, but they got the player they wanted and due to the lower pick, they'll pay less for him.

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It's one of the risks you take in attempting a deal. Ratbirds ought to shut up and be thankful they got their man. Bunch of crybabies. Probably still whining that they weren't in the AFCC.

Steelgal
04-30-2011, 10:13 AM
Do the Ravens ever not complain??? It was admirable of the Bears to acknowledge the mistake and apologize for it. Had the Ravens NOT gotton their player, I could see it being a much bigger deal. I'm sure it isn't much of a difference, but they got the player they wanted and due to the lower pick, they'll pay less for him.

$$$$$$$$
It's one of the risks you take in attempting a deal. Ratbirds ought to shut up and be thankful they got their man. Bunch of crybabies. Probably still whining that they weren't in the AFCC.

Their fans are still moaning plenty about it, lol!!!

:ratsuck