NFL Trade Rumors: Do Bears Owe Ravens 4th-Round Pick After Botched Trade?
NFL Trade Rumors Ponder Whether Bears Owe Ravens Fourth-Round Pick After Botched Trade Attempt
The Chicago Bears find themselves at the center of more NFL trade rumors today, after the team successfully managed to botch a draft day deal with the Baltimore Ravens.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, the Ravens saw the clock expire on their attempt to swap places in the draft with the Bears, moving from 26th overall to 29th, while getting a fourth-round pick in compensation. Why did the clock expire? Simple; the Bears forgot to phone in the trade to the league.
Suddenly, much like the Vikings in 2003, the Ravens were left scrambling to make a pick, with two other teams grabbing players before they were able to get their pick in to the league, in corner Jimmy Smith.
While both teams wound up getting the players they wanted (Baltimore wanted Smith, Chicago wanted Gabe Carimi), Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome has appealed to the league, stating that his team should still get the fourth round pick the Bears owed them.
“Everyone was poised,” Newsome said at a press conference. “I was on the phone with the other team. [A Ravens official] was on the phone with [eventual pick]Jimmy Smith. Once that agreement was made, then they have to call the league. . . . The other team never got confirmation with the league.”
But, do the Bears really owe the Ravens the pick? After all, the deal didn't get done, and both teams still got their player (although it certainly made Baltimore look bad when the clock expired on their pick), so why continue to push the issue?
Other than the obvious benefits of getting another draft pick for the Ravens, there is the small matter of integrity to consider here. The Ravens had planned to get the fourth round pick, which changes their draft strategy, and both teams had agreed to the change. On top of that, Baltimore did technically wind up drafting in a lower position (28th overall, since both Kansas City and New Orleans picked ahead of them when they weren't supposed to), while the Bears still got their man.
So why not compensate Newsome for getting egg on his face? On top of that, Bears general manager Peter Angelo has his honor to uphold. If he's seen as having reneged on the deal because his team made the mistake, it's not going to bode well for his credibility around the league going forward.
In the end, it makes sense for Chicago to give the Ravens a fourth-round pick here. The deal essentially got done the way both sides wanted it, both teams got the players they wanted, so why not finish it off? Nobody gets hurt; the Bears were clearly ready to part with that pick anyway, so it's not like the Ravens are taking more than the Bears were willing to give in the first place.
No matter what, these two teams managed to give everyone a good laugh, while the Bears' draft table has joined Mike Tice's 2003 Vikings in the pantheon of boneheaded draft day mistakes.
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