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Saturday, April 30, 2011
Bisciotti, Ravens are right to be upset

By James Walker

There was no resolution to the trade snafu involving the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears. The league ruled Friday the Ravens would not get any compensation, despite the Bears botching a trade that cost the Ravens one slot in the first round.

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But that doesn't mean the Ravens are willing to quietly sweep this under the rug. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti ripped the team and its owners after the ruling.

"I'm disappointed in the Bears and the McCaskeys. It is in my opinion a deviation from their great legacy," Bisciotti told Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun. "They concluded that their heartfelt and admirable apology was sufficient for our loss. All of us at the Ravens strongly disagree."

On principle, the Ravens are right to be upset. The honorable thing for the Bears to do would be to give up the pick both sides agreed upon. But everyone knows the NFL is a cutthroat and competitive business. The Ravens were cheated due to the ineptness of another team, and there's nothing that can be done other than to accept a verbal apology.

That mid-round pick could have been a non-entity for Baltimore. Or it could have been a special-teamer or eventual starter who could help the Ravens. We will never know.

But here is what we do know: Bisciotti, general manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens probably won't do business with the Bears again any time soon.