Florio: Bears’ Failed Trade May Have Been For Baldwin

CHICAGO (WSCR) Immediately after the Chicago Bears drafted Gabe Carimi with the No. 29 overall pick last Thursday, General Manager Jerry Angelo admitted that they botched a trade with the Baltimore Ravens to move up to No. 26 in an effort to make sure they didn’t miss out on the left tackle from Wisconsin.

But in an interview with The Danny Mac Show on 670 The Score Wednesday, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said there’s no way of knowing whether or not the Bears were really going to draft Carimi at No. 26 had they executed the trade properly.

Listen: Mike Florio on The Danny Mac Show

“They’re not going to tell us that they failed to get the guy they wanted,” Florio said. “So there’s a chance – somewhere between zero and 100 percent – there’s a chance that (Pittsburgh wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin) was the guy they were trying to get. And they have no reason and nothing to gain by admitting that.”

The Chiefs ended up drafting Baldwin seconds after the Ravens failed to make their pick at No. 26, a mistake that occurred because the Bears never called the agreed trade into the NFL. Instead, Baltimore took cornerback Jimmy Smith at No. 27 and the Bears grabbed Carimi two picks later.

“I think in all fairness the Bears should have compensated the Ravens in some way,” Florio said, while adding that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did nothing to force the Bears’ hand.

“I think the Bears took the safest course and without being obligated by commissioner to do anything, they chose not to,” he added. “Whether or not it affects the way the Bears can do trades in the future, who knows? I think the only thing we can say with any degree of certainty is that Jerry Angelo would never be a candidate to be the general manager of the Baltimore Ravens

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  • big time sucker

    when was baltimore’s failed trade with minnesota 2002 or 2003? social networking, texting tweeting and even blogging wasn’t at the level then that it is now, that is why the bears are being villafied and baltimore wasn’t then, because information just didn’t move as fast then as now, i think the bears did nothing wrong really it was a mishap, mishaps happen especially under the duress of a time constraint

  • Spoon

    If anyone listened to the interview, this title is AWFULLY misleading. In fact the entire post is quite misleading to what he said. IMO.

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