Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Harbaugh still fuming over Bears deal
By James Walker
If you thought the Baltimore Ravens have completely moved on from a botched draft-day trade involving the Chicago Bears, think again.
In a radio interview Tuesday on the "Waddle and Silva Show" in Chicago, Ravens coach John Harbaugh ripped the Bears for not calling in a trade, which resulted in Baltimore missing its No. 26 overall pick last April. Chicago later apologized and said it was a mistake. But the Ravens, who were expected to get an additional fourth-round pick, still aren't buying it.
"It was disappointing," Harbaugh said. "They can get mad at me if they want, but I'm not buying the mistake thing. It wasn't a mistake. They knew what they were doing.
"They put their guy on the phone. They agreed to a pick. They got their guy on the phone. They recognized he wasn't getting calls from the team behind them, and they basically stalled for over a minute, telling us they had called the trade in. They hadn't called the trade in. They said it was a mistake. Those guys have been doing it for a long time, c'mon."
The Ravens still drafted their desired target -- cornerback Jimmy Smith -- at No. 27. But they still feel shafted for doing business with the Bears.
The NFL decided not to punish Chicago by giving Baltimore additional compensation. So it's simply a tough pill the Ravens have to swallow.