In an effort to give you every single possible angle of this Ravens-Bears story, I wanted to pass along a fresh take on the situation, which comes from Chicago general manager Jerry Angelo.
Angelo spoke to Chicago reporters tonight, who questioned him about the botched first-round trade between the Ravens and Bears.
The Bears’ GM confirmed a report that the NFL had suggested Chicago give the Ravens some form of compensation for Thursday night’s snafu, but Angelo said that his apology to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti should have been enough to put an end to the issue.
“(The report) was accurate,” Angelo said. “The only thing I am going to say is they have rules when you do something wrong. Not when people make mistakes. A mistake was made. No rule was broken, OK, so let’s just make that clear here.
“As I said last night, we made the proper amends from our part and certainly there was no intent other than to do the best we could and it just didn’t work out.”
I was told those in the Ravens’ front office were furious at the Bears for causing the trade to fall apart, and you can bet that these two teams won’t be making any deals together anytime soon.
The Chicago press is going pretty hard on the Bears, as well. A headline in the Chicago Tribune tonight reads, “Bears appear inept, if not unethical”.
Angelo isn’t concerned, however, that other teams will hold this incident against him or his organization.
“There isn’t anybody in this room that hasn’t made a mistake,” Angelo said. “We made an honest mistake. No more than that. There was total transparency. You make your apologies and we did and if there are consequences, you accept those consequences and then you move on. So be it. It won’t be my last.”
Many on the outside of this mess might feel that if the Ravens and Bears agreed to a trade, and the Bears broke their word, they should be held responsible.
Angelo says he doesn’t look at it that way.
“Believe me, I am going into my 31st year in this league,” Angelo said. “There has been a hell of a lot worse that has been done, believe me, on the clock and there have been things out there documented, so let’s not get into judging souls here. If there is something that needs to be done, I trust the league will do their due diligence and so be it.”