SBD/April 29, 2011/Franchises

Bears' Failure To Notify NFL Of Trade Causes Clock To Run Out On Ravens Pick

An uncompleted trade with the Bears "caused the clock to run out on the Ravens with the 26th overall pick" Thursday in the first round of the NFL Draft, according to Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore SUN. A league source said that Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome "contacted the NFL with three minutes remaining to inform the league that the Ravens were trading their first-round pick (No. 26) for the Bears' picks in the first (29th) and fourth rounds." But the Bears "failed to talk to the NFL during that time (the league needs both teams to confirm a trade), causing the Chiefs to jump ahead of the Ravens." Bears GM Jerry Angelo: "It was our fault. They did everything according to the rules." A source said that because of the Bears' mistake, Newsome "told the league that the Ravens deserved the fourth-round pick," but the NFL "denied the request" (BALTIMORESUN.com, 4/29). SI.com's Peter King reports he has been told that Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti on Friday "will push to get the fourth-round pick, or to make the situation right in some way." But the NFL is "under no obligation to do so, because the trade was never official." King writes, "Maybe all's fair in love and draft-night trades, but as far as Baltimore's concerned, I don't think this one's over. I think the Ravens will ask the league to award them some compensation from Chicago before the draft resumes at 6 p.m. Eastern" Friday (SI.com, 4/29). Angelo: "We thought we were following everything and we just ran out of time. No more than that. It was a glitch on our part and that glitch obviously was under my reign. ... Whatever you hear, Baltimore did everything the right way" (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 4/29). ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert writes, "I give Angelo credit for owning up to a mistake that, fortunately, doesn't appear to have harmed either team. But it only adds to the perception of the Bears as a disorganized front office. Last year, they called running back James Starks to tell him they had drafted him before Angelo changed his mind at the last moment" (ESPN.com, 4/29).
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