Bears Botched Trade with Baltimore Causes to Ravens Slide

There was quite a bit of chaos with the Ravens #26 pick in the first round.  As the Ravens time on the clock expired, the Kansas City Chiefs slid up to #26 to select Pitt WR Jonathan Baldwin.  The Ravens recovered and selected CB Jimmy Smith at #27.  As it turns out, Jerry Angelo and the Chicago Bears were the the direct cause of Baltimore missing getting the pick in on time.

As Brad Biggs reported via Twitter, the Bears were set to trade their 4th round pick, #127 overall to the Ravens to move up from #29 to the Ravens’ 26th spot. I guess the Bears got a little nervous that the Kansas City Chiefs would grab Gabe Carimi, whom the Bears coveted, at #27.

Here’s Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome on the incident:

“Everyone was poised,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “I was on the phone with the other team. (Coach) John (Harbaugh) was on the phone with Jimmy Smith. Once that agreement was made, then they have to call the league.

“We were prepared to pick. We were also waiting to see if any calls came. A call did come. John was on the phone with the player we drafted, Jimmy Smith. I was on the phone with another team in the league. There was an agreement between the team and I. I got on the phone with Joel (Bussert, the NFL vice president for player personnel). The other team never got confirmation with the league.”

Jerry Angelo apologized and took responsibility for the incident, but that may not be enough.  From the Ravens point of view, they agreed to the trade with the Bears but since the Bears didn’t follow the proper protocol, the Ravens shouldn’t have to miss out on the 4th round pick that the Bears agreed to send their way.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.   Could the Bears actually lose pick #127?

It’s a big black mark on the organization that screwed up announcing a coach hiring, misfiled paperwork that cost them with some restricted free agents and as recently as last year, called running back James Starks to tell him he was being selected only to take Dan LeFevour instead.

In the end, it all worked out and everyone got their man, but not before the Bears got to screw things up a bit in the process.  Maybe it’s best for Jerry Angelo to stick to trading DOWN in drafts since the notion of trading UP is just too much pressure.

Ironically enough, the whole scene was reminiscent of the Vikings missed draft pick when they couldn’t complete a trade with the same Baltimore Ravens back in 2003.

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  • Phil

    When will Jerry Angelo no longer be a part of the NFL? Why must he be in the Bears’ organization? Please retire JA! Altough, I am for once pretty happy with his 1st round pick. Stay healthy Mr. Carimi.

  • courtfucious

    Well Boomdiggity… after everything played out with this yes we have a black eye HOWEVER everyone got who they wanted anyways obviously. I think that the Ravens are just trying to cry and get an extra pick. Yes, I see the reason they are pissed I would be to. However you got the guy you were on the phone with so shut your mouth. They got the other drugged thug that fits with Balt. perfectly.

    On another note I would love to see a debate post about where the people think the Bears need to go with later picks!

    • Boomer

      I was just listening to The Score and they made a great point: the Bears botched a trade they never needed to make. This puts into question how well connected they are around the league. If they had done their homework, they would have known the Chiefs weren’t going to take Carimi and wouldn’t have needed to trade in the first place.

      In general, I agree with the no blood, no foul philosophy but when the Bears want to try to work out a deal, they may find it harder to find a trading partner. Besides, they already have a bad track record; this latest incident just adds to it.

    • Boomer
  • courtfucious

    I found it really funny that all the draft analysts knew who both Baltimore and KC were going to pick… but yet they couldnt figure it out. Hello Jerry WATCH ESPN OR NFL NETWORK YA TOOL! Once KC got on the board not a single person mentioned Carimi. Oh well yet another crap stain on the fabric that is Bears management…

    Also thanks for the post really interested to see what others think

  • Mr. Pickles

    I love the fact that the team Jerry wound up screwing during the draft actually wasn’t the Bears for once. I probably shouldn’t speak so soon, he’s still got 6 rounds to go.