NEW YORK — The Bears agreed Thursday night to send their fourth-round draft pick to the Ravens so Chicago could move up in the first round, but something strange happened along the way, and the deal wasn’t consummated.
The fuming Ravens demanded compensation for their troubles, but the Bears would only apologize. They didn’t even hold on to the pick, 127th overall, trading it to the Redskins on Friday so Chicago could select Oregon State DT Stephen Paea in the second round (No. 53).
Seeing that pick, which went to the Texans in another trade, land elsewhere likely didn’t please Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, who one day earlier delivered strong words about his counterparts.
“I’m disappointed in the Bears and (Bears vice chairman George McCaskey),” Bisciotti told The Baltimore Sun on Friday. “It is, in my opinion, a deviation from their great legacy. They concluded that their heartfelt and admirable apology was sufficient for our loss. All of us at the Ravens strongly disagree … probably end of story.”
McCaskey responded during Saturday’s Bears Expo at Soldier Field.
“We spoke to the Ravens about it, we spoke to the league about it. I wasn’t involved in those conversations, but (president) Ted (Phillips) has given me an update,’’ McCaskey told the Chicago Tribune. “We made a mistake. We apologize for it. The bottom line is, I understand it as the Ravens got the players they were wanting, and we got the player we were wanting.’’
McCaskey said he hasn’t spoken with Bisciotti personally, but plans to discuss the incident with the Ravens owner in the future.
“I haven’t even met him, actually,’’ McCaskey said. “I’ve seen him in league meetings. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him. But I’d prefer to talk to him about it, one-on-one, before responding to a quote in the newspaper.’’
– Justin Hathaway