Chicago Bears – Baltimore Ravens Trade Dispute Continues


Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin is now a member of the Chicago Bears

In reality, there is only one conclusion with what really happen — the Bears backed out of the trade after agreeing to a deal.

Angelo claimed after the draft, “No harm, no foul, everyone got their man.” However, there was harm, there was a foul. Harm in the sense that the Ravens thought they had a deal, they could have lost their man, and they were left in limbo — the worst place to be on draft day. A foul in the sense that the Bears kept a pick they agreed to trade just minutes before. Chicago ended up using that fourth-round selection in a different deal to move up and take defensive tackle Stephen Paea, someone they considered drafting in the first round had all the offensive linemen been off the board.


Michael Lombardi of NFL Network digs deeper into the botched trade deal between the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Lombardi says that although the Bears apologized, they backed out of the trade on purpose, knowing that Gabe Carimi would still be available at pick 29. After all is said and done, both teams got who they wanted, but a pick that belongs to the Ravens was never given to them. I suppose we can let bygones be bygones but it still is a little disconcerting. Have your own opinions on the trade snafu? Please post in the comments. And while you’re at it, like us on Facebook

Tags: 2011 NFL Draft Baltimore Ravens Chicago Bears Gabe Carimi Jimmy Smith Ozzie Newsome Trade Trade Mishap

  • Ted

    As has been pointed out repeatedly on the Chicago fan sites by Minnesota Vikings fans, there is a precedent for this sort of thing –

    Ozzie Newsome essentially said that a trade isn’t a trade until he called the league office to confirm it. This after the Ravens non -trade with the Vikings in 2003.

    I don’t like any of it, but some consistency would look less hypocritical…

    • Riley B

      I agree Ted. It’s unfair to do what the Bears did but at the same time, it’s hypocrisy for the Ravens to complain about it.

  • King Dooley

    You guys dont know anything. When the Vikings lost their pick, Ozzie never confirmed that he agreed to the pick, that was on the Vikings to get their pick in before the clock ran out because the Ravens never agreed to the trade or called it in. In this year’s draft, Angelo (the Bears) repeatedly was telling Ozzie (the Ravens) that the trade was agreed to and already phoned in to the NFL, so all the Raven’s Front Office was doign was waiting for the NFL to announce the trade. When they realized that the Bears were screwing them they hurried up and put their pick in. They are totally different situations you homers!

    • Riley B

      I disagree, respectively of course. The situations are similar in that time expired after attempting a trade resulting in a passed pick. In 2003, Baltimore did not submit the trade in time therefore nullifying the Vikings pick and moving them back one spot. The only difference is that the Bears backed out and the Ravens failed to submit it on time. Regardless, I simply think that the league should clarify the trade process for the draft to prevent something like this from happening again.
      Also, you can’t call me a homer if I’m knocking the Ravens. Although I’m a diehard Ravens fan, I try to look at all situations with objectivity to prevent controversy. After rereading my post, I don’t believe I seemed to favor the Ravens at all. If I did then I apologize but do not mock my intelligence on the subject when you don’t know all of the facts yourself. The only people who know the whole story were those in the war room. I’m just trying to express my views on the situation.