Ravens owner Bisciotti criticizes McCaskey family
All of a sudden the owners have been dragged into the botched trade that didn’t happen Thursday night.
Steaming from the refusal by the Chicago Bears to compensate them with the pick they promised in the trade, the Baltimore Ravens have raised the level of the feud.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti is casting blame at the McCaskey family now after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged the Bears to make good on the trade and they declined, saying an apology should suffice.
“I’m disappointed in the Bears and the McCaskeys,” Bisciotti told Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun. “It is in my opinion a deviation from their great legacy. They concluded that their heartfelt and admirable apology was sufficient for our loss. All of us at the Ravens strongly disagree … probably end of story.”
Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said it was the end of the story Friday night, a public embarrassment that has frustrated him twice with reporters. To review, the Bears agreed to trade the Ravens the 29th overall pick and their fourth-round selection (127th overall) for the 26th overall pick. Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome reported the trade to the NFL. The Bears never called in the deal and therefore time expired on the Ravens’ pick.
The Ravens got the player they wanted in Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith and the Bears got the man they wanted in Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi. But the Ravens believed they were owed the fourth-round pick. The Bears turned around Friday and dealt that pick to the Washington Redskins to move up in the second round and draft Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea.
“The only thing I am going to say is they have rules when you do something wrong,” Angelo said. “Not when people make mistakes. A mistake was made. No rule was broken, OK, so let’s just make that clear here. As I said last night, we made the proper amends from our part and certainly there was no intent other than to do the best we could and it just didn’t work out.”
Does Angelo fear this incident will affect his ability to make deals with other teams?
“No,” he replied. “There isn’t anybody in this room that hasn’t made a mistake. We made an honest mistake. No more than that. There was total transparency. You make your apologies and we did and if there are consequences, you accept those consequences and then you move on. So be it. It won’t be my last.
“Believe me, I am going into my 31st year in this league,” he said. “There has been a hell of a lot worse that has been done, believe me, on the clock and there have been things out there documented so let’s not get into judging souls here. If there is something that needs to be done, I trust the league will do their due diligence and so be it.”
Bisciotti can’t think of much worse at this point.
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