Posted by Andy Benoit
There was some confusion during the 26th pick in the first round of the draft Thursday night. The Ravens wound up accidentally passing on their selection because they got stuck on the phone with the Bears. The two teams were working out a trade in which the Bears would give their fourth-round pick to the Ravens to move up from number 29 to 26.
However, the Bears were supposed to call the league after finishing the deal but failed to do so.
"It was our fault," Bears GM Jerry Angelo said, according to the Chicago Sun Times. "[The Ravens] did everything according to the rules.
"It worked out. We got our player." (That player was Gabe Carimi.)
The Ravens got their player, too (cornerback Jimmy Smith). The only harm done is that Smith, picked 27th, will now get a slightly richer contract than he would have received had he been picked 29th.
Angelo later called Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to apologize. The Ravens, however, are still demanding a pick from the Bears (presumably that fourth-rounder). They have filed an appeal with the league and will get word about it on Friday or Saturday.
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