Ravens want 4th round pick from Bears in botched trade
The NFL is looking into the circumstances of a trade that was botched by the Chicago Bears Thursday night as the Baltimore Ravens are livid.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is investigating the matter which Bears general manager Jerry Angelo owned up to following the first round of the draft.
The Bears agreed to trade the Ravens the 29th and 127th (4th round) picks for the 26th pick when the Ravens were on the clock at No. 26. Then, the Bears failed to contact the NFL and inform them of the trade, leading to the clock running out on the Ravens.
Baltimore got the player it wanted – Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith – and the Bears landed offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, the player they wanted. Now, the Ravens want the fourth-round pick the Bears promised them.
Baltimore owner Stephen Bisciotti has taken the matter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, according to a report by Dan Pompei.
Angelo took the blame and has apologized to the Ravens. Per Pompei, Angelo told staff members to call the league and report the trade with two minutes remaining on the clock. Two staff members thought the other was making the call and neither one picked up the phone.
It’s a bad situation for the Bears because they either look incompetent or deceitful.
“We certainly didn’t do anything to circumvent the spirit of the rules by any nature,” Angelo said Thursday night. “What’s been done can’t be undone and hopefully everybody at the end of the day got their player.”
It will be interesting to see if the NFL acts on the complaints made by the Ravens. Stay tuned.
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