Does Bears GM Jerry Angelo Have a Moral Obligation to Compensate the Ravens?


Jerry thinks not...

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thinks he should.

The Baltimore Ravens certainly feel that way too.

But Jerry says no.

So, what do you think?

Well, despite Goodell's statement that he feels the Bears should provide some sort of draft pick compensation for the botched trade attempt on Thursday, he will not force the issue.

As a result, Angelo tells everyone that he is sorry, a mistake was made, but no rules were broken. And anyway, everyone got the players they wanted in the end.

Therefore, no further comp is necessary.

Now, as a Bears fan, I can't say that I am not happy that the Bears do not need to surrender any picks. They had already traded their 4th rounder and did not have a 7th, so those picks were scarce to begin with.

And next year the picks will be critical, too, as our linebacker crew continues to age and hopefully the Bears finally realize they need a big, physical receiver.

Meanwhile, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said he was "disappointed in the Bears and the McCaskeys" and that "it is my opinion a deviation from their great legacy." (source:

In case you haven't heard, the Bears had tried to trade with Baltimore to move up three positions on the draft board to select Gabe Carimi. They had agreed to send their 29th pick and a fourth round selection to the Ravens. 

But Angelo apparently told a staffer to inform the league, a mixup occurred, and the call was never made.

So, no trade.

That the Bears got their man anyway is not the issue.

It probably hurts the potential of future dealings with the Ravens. And it may send a negative signal to other teams interested in partnering with the Bears on trades or other issues.

The Ravens feel they should be compensated because they ended up running out of time, thinking that a trade had been consummated.

The end result was that Baltimore was forced to forfeit their turn, losing the 26th pick.

That the Ravens jumped back in and got their man, too, CB Jimmy Smith, is not the issue either, at least from the Ravens point of view.

They feel that they took a hit in the media and looked like fools.

Now, I don't really care about the Ravens and I'm thinking that you probably don't either. But it's an ethical issue.

"I dropped the ball," said Angelo. "I can't say anything more than that."

No, but you could do something. What do you think, Bears fans?

What should be the "moral" of this story?


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  • This requires responsibility and accountability. So why would the Bears honor their word. It goes back to when Dick Butkus had to sue the Bears because they did not treat his injury correct. No suprise here. Nothing to see keep on walking.

  • The "moral" of the story doesn't need quotation marks.

    The bottom line is that Baltimore should have been prepared for the deal to fall through for whatever reason. Since it was an honest mistake by the Bears, and both teams got the players they wanted, and you could even argue that the Ravens benefited slightly (because they can negotiate the contract with their draftee on the basis that he was the 27th, and not the 26th player taken), there is no obligation for the Bears to give the Ravens any compensation.

    If the Bears had purposefully done it, then yeah, there's an obligation.

    The moral of the story is that business is business. You don't get ahead by being nice and giving away your stuff because of a screw-up. An analogous situation: a team benefits from an obviously lousy pass interference call. Does the coach go to the ref and decline the penalty, just because it was "unfair?" Nope. It's a competition, and it all happens within the rules. And sooner or later, what comes around, goes around.

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