Kevin Byrne, the Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations, pens an extraordinary blog post about what happened Thursday night as Baltimore tried to accept the Bears offer to trade into the No. 26 spot – which ultimately failed and caused the Ravens to miss their pick entirely.
With just over four minutes remaining, the Bears called and made an offer. Oz told them "not good enough, we're ready to pick." Chicago called back within a minute and agreed to Ozzie's suggestion. Almost instantly, Oz had (NFL player personnel expert Joel) Bussert on the line. "Joel, we just made a trade with the Bears. They're calling you now," Newsome said.
A minute later – now around the two- minute mark - Ozzie said: "Joel, I've got them on the other phone. They've agreed."
To the Bears: "Joel said you guys haven't confirmed the trade."
"Joel, they said they called. I don't know (who they called)."
To the Bears: "Joel says you guys haven't called. What's going on?"
"Joel, are you sure your phones are good? They said they called. Let's go."
And on and on it goes.
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