Street Talk Harbaugh still miffed by Bears’ blunder on draft day

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The anger hasn’t ceased from the trade fiasco between the Baltimore Ravens and the Chicago Bears.

In April, the Ravens and the Bears had agreed on a trade in the first round. However, the Bears failed to call in the trade and refused to compensate the Ravens for the gaffe.

Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said it was a simple, honest mistake, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh isn’t buying that explanation.

"I’m not buying a ‘mistake’ thing," Harbaugh told WMVP 1000 in Chicago. "They knew what they were doing."

Under the terms of the aborted trade, the Bears were supposed to exchange their 29th overall pick of the first round and a fourth-round selection for the Ravens’ 26th pick of the first round.

The Bears didn’t get in touch with the league, though.

Although the Bears wound up with Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi and the Ravens selected Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith, the Ravens insist that the Bears didn’t live up to their word.

"They agreed to a pick," Harbaugh said. "They got their guy on the phone. They recognized he wasn’t getting calls from the team behind them (the Chiefs). And then they basically stalled for over a minute, telling us that they had called the trade in. So that was just not honest.

"They hadn’t called the trade in. They said it was a mistake; those guys have been doing this for a long time, c’mon. You communicate back and forth and someone is responsible for calling the trade in, there’s no way not to get that done."

The Kansas City Chiefs wound up with Pitt wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin after the clock ran out.

And Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was livid that the Bears wouldn’t compensate the Ravens.

"That’s not OK, it’s not ethical, it’s not right," Harbaugh said. "I personally agree with our owner that they should have been held accountable for it. We basically took them at their word, and obviously that was a mistake. But it is what it is and they didn’t do anything illegal so, we were just disappointed with them."


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Aaron Wilson

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors.  More from Aaron Wilson


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