30 Apr 2011
On Thursday, the Baltimore Ravens thought they had acquired a 2011 fourth-round draft choice from the Chicago Bears after agreeing to move back a few spots in round one. Baltimore's allotted time to make or trade the pick expired, after the Bears failed to confirm the trade with the league office. That period of uncertainty allowed the Kansas City Chiefs to step in and make their pick ahead of the Ravens.
Baltimore chose Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith, and the Bears got their guy in Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi.
Bears general manager Jerry Angelo pinned the mistake on two staffers, and apologized to the Ravens for the mix-up. ESPN reported that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "encouraged" the Bears to compensate the Ravens with the fourth-round selection, but the Bears declined to do so, instead trading it to Washington Redskins to move up in round two to take Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti contacted The Baltimore Sun to express his displeasure with his Chicago counterparts.
"I’m disappointed in the Bears and the McCaskey's," Bisciotti said of the Bears' owners. "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."
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Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?