Report: NFL "looking into" Bears-Ravens deal falling through

Posted April 29, 2011 @ 11:02 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated at 10:59 a.m. ET on Friday, April 28

The Chicago Tribune reported Friday that the NFL is investigating the failed trade between the Ravens and Bears on Thursday night. "We are looking into it," NFL senior vice president of public relations Greg Aiello told the Tribune in an email, the paper reported.

According to multiple reports, the Bears had an agreement to trade up with the Ravens for the No. 26 pick, with Baltimore receiving Chicago's first-round selection (No. 29) and fourth-round selection (No. 127). However, the trade fell through, leading to the clock running out on Baltimore and Kansas City moving into the No. 26 spot to take Pittsburgh WR Jonathan Baldwin. At No. 27, the Ravens took Colorado CB Jimmy Smith. The Bears took Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi two picks later.

According to the Tribune, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has communicated his unhappiness with the trade falling through to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the Bears. Also, Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported Friday that Bisciotti asked Bears GM Jerry Angelo for the fourth-round pick when Angelo called to apologize for the trade not being executed and that Baltimore is expected to continue to ask to be compensated for the deal not occurring. However, The Tribune reported Friday that the NFL is expected to let the result stand as is.

Earlier Friday morning, PFW Ravens correspondent Jamison Hensley, citing a source, reported in The (Baltimore) Sun that NFL declined Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome's request for the Bears' fourth-round pick after the proposed trade fell through. 

Angelo has publicly taken the blame for the trade not occurring. “I dropped the ball," Angelo said, according to ChicagoBears.com.

Newsome explained the situation this way:

"We were prepared to pick, but we were also waiting to see if any calls came — and a call did come," Newsome said, according to the team."(Head coach) John (Harbaugh) was on the phone with the player we drafted, Jimmy Smith. John was on the phone with him, and I was on the phone with another team in the league. There was an agreement made between the team and I. I got on the phone with the National Football League, but the other team never got confirmation from the league. At that point, I was asked by the League to make the pick. We made the pick."