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Ravens get no relief from Bears

Posted on: April 30, 2011 11:55 am
Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti is not pleased with Chicago (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

NEW YORK – The trade deal that fell through at the last moment and cost the Ravens the No. 26 pick in the first round of the NFL draft continues to fester in the mind of Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti a few days later.

(In case you need a behind the scenes look at what happened, click this link. )

Though the Ravens wanted the Bears follow through and give them the fourth-round pick Chicago originally had agreed to trade (and though commissioner Roger Goodell apparently encouraged the Bears to give Baltimore some retribution), Chicago has refused to do.

Instead, the Bears traded their fourth-round pick in order to move up in the second round and take DT Stephen Paea.

Bisciotti is not happy with it.

“I’m disappointed in the Bears and the McCaskeys,” Bisciotti told the Baltimore Sun, via the Chicago Tribune. “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.”

On the Bears side, they feel they don’t owe anybody anything. They’d already called Baltimore on Friday to give an apology, but as far as following through on a trade that never actually occured, Chicago’s management wasn’t prepared to give up any of its draft picks.

“We made an honest mistake,” Bears GM Jerry Angelo said. “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.

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Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: May 1, 2011 12:17 pm

Ravens get no relief from Bears

When I was watching this all happen, I was like "what the hell?" but after all is said and done it wasn't ever an issue of a "lost pick" especially that late in the first round. The Ravens usually like the quantity aspect of picks and are rarely concerned with which round these players are selected. The Ravens wanted that deal, yes, but I believe that Smith would have fallen into the second round regardless of how many spots the Ravens dropped. I hear all of you saying "stop whining" "both teams suck" and garbage like that, which shows just how stupid some of you are. The Ravens have been VERY successful in drafting dating back to when they left that trash dump on Lake Erie, so a little wrinkle once in a while doesn't change the overall big picture of the Ravens' draft track record. No Superbowls in the past 11 years, but 3 years straight in the playoffs, advancing to the divisionals on a consistent basis and fielding a competitive team every year isn't easy in this league, we'll see just how "stupid" all of this looks when Ozzy is once again praised for an excellent draft. GO RAVENS! By the way Green Bay fan, enjoy this last Superbowl, because it's coming back to the AFC North next year, and I'm not talking about the team with the jaundiced yellow uniforms!!

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2011 12:15 pm

Ravens get no relief from Bears

My earlier post contained a section of an article written for the Baltimore Sun by Jamison Hensley on the 29th of April, 2011.   Nowhere did I reference any of my personal memories of 2003.  Although, personally, 2003 was a very good year.  Thanks for the response.

Since: May 13, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2011 11:49 am

Ravens get no relief from Bears

hey ozzie, remember that "a deal's not a deal till you talk to Joel Bussert".....remember that?  karma's a bitch, now stop your whining.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 1, 2011 11:39 am

Ravens get no relief from Bears

Big deal.  The Ravens were able to select Jimmy Smith, so it wasnt like they got hosed out of the guy they wanted by the team that leapfrogged them.....

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: May 1, 2011 10:46 am

Ravens get no relief from Bears

Both teams suck so who cares???

Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: May 1, 2011 10:34 am

Ravens get no relief from Bears

I have a new disrespect for the Bears organization....outside of their great history and everything

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 1, 2011 9:42 am

blame the ravens

the ravens management is to blame for this fiasco---if they can't handle last minute deals on draft day, they need to be in a new business.  Very minor league performance.

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2011 3:51 am

Ravens get no relief from Bears

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: May 1, 2011 1:47 am

Ravens get no relief from Bears

This is the dumbest thing ever.  Baltimore was upset because they had to move back "1" spot in the draft, or they were upset because the Bears decided not to deal.  At first I thought maybe they lost their first round pick altogether, in which case I can see why they would be upset.  All that happened was them moving back one pick.  I can't imagine that they were going to draft the WR that the Chiefs drafted anyway, so who cares.  The Bears are not obligated to go through with a trade even if the Ravens thought it was a done deal.  I hate the Bears as much as anyone, but this is just dumb.  What do the Ravens want the Bears to do now? Give them a draft pick?  How stupid!

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: May 1, 2011 12:50 am

Ravens get no relief from Bears

Great find on that SI article, completely exposes the Ravens, they got what they deserved, which was nothing.. If it was defensible for the ravens to do it to the vikings then it should be just as defensible to have it done to the Ravens, The ravens crying is hypocritical...

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