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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: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: April 30, 2011 11:52 pm

Ravens get no relief from Bears

The Bears are just being the Bears, absolutely no class.
Halas was a mean S*O*B, but if he gave you his word, you could put it in stone. Not the current GM. Now you know why alot of people won't even do business with the Bears.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: April 30, 2011 11:45 pm

Ravens get no relief from Bears

As a Browns fan, I love seeing the Ravens get screwed.  Unfortunately, in this case, they probably made out better financially.  So stop your whining Bisciotti and Company, and get back to ending this lock out before you lose more than just a spot in the draft order - namely,fans.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: April 30, 2011 11:00 pm

Ravens get no relief from Bears

 Tenacious E, your memory of the events of 2003 are rather, shall we say, flawed.  Read this: 

In that article, it was said: 
"The deal was not consummated," general manager Ozzie Newsome said at Baltimore's headquarters. "A deal is not a deal until I talk to Joel Bussert, and I never talked to Joel Bussert."
And note:  There was NO apology given by the Ravens.  So let's show Biscotti that, then he can stfu.

Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: April 30, 2011 9:50 pm

Ravens get no relief from Bears

Not only were the Ravens not harmed they actually came out ahead. Draftees are paid by the slotting process. Drafting one step higher saves the Ravens about $1M.  They should send half of that to the Bears.

Since: Apr 30, 2011
Posted on: April 30, 2011 8:37 pm

Ravens get no relief from Bears

The Ravens did'nt give anything up in the nontrade so what do they want for nothing. 

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: April 30, 2011 8:19 pm

Ravens get no relief from Bears

Wasnt Mike Tice the head coach of the Vikes at that time! Hmmmmmmmm

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: April 30, 2011 8:10 pm

Ravens get no relief from Bears

Who the hell cares???? The ravens got the guy they wanted in the 1st round anyways, it's not like KC grabbed the guy the ravens were dying for. Bisciotti is crying over spilt milk and just wanted a free 4th round draft pick, it's over w/ now so go focus on your team and the upcoming 2011 season (God-willing there is a 2011 season); what a baby

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: April 30, 2011 5:35 pm

Ravens get no relief from Bears

PAYBACK IS A    Ravens did the same thing to the VIKES and didn't give anything back so the
Bears shouldn't either. Vikes should get a 4th rounder from the ravens if the NFL awards anything.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: April 30, 2011 5:26 pm

Ravens get no relief from Bears

In other news snow / rain in upper mid west.

And the dollar is down again.


Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 30, 2011 5:12 pm

Ravens get no relief from Bears

Sorry Tenacious, but local spin of that little tale is not the fact as reported then and makes little sense now.

Check the SI story from 2003. Check the ESPN story on the same.

Ravens admit they failed to reach NFL with their part of the trade. Vikes wanted their comp and Ravens said no deal was completed. So tough.

NFL comfirmed that Vikes had reported deal so all that was left was for Ravens to reach the desk. No one talked about phone lines when Vikes had talked to Ravens and reported deal.

Now for the local spin. How could Jags tie up Ravens phone lines? NFL teams DO NOT share party lines. This was 2003 not 1933. How did Vikes report deal without phone talk to Ravens? You think Vikes just happened to make that up?

Seems like other recollections of the events are very different from yours and Hensley's.  But today is 2011. Being a fan, it is easy to see where you could fall for that one.

As with any event in this country, (Civil War for example) given enough time and effort any story can be repeated enough for the faithful to believe in something other than the facts .

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