Four months after a botched draft-day deal between the Ravens and the Bears, Chicago general manager Jerry Angelo said Friday that he and Ravens coach John Harbaugh have "cleared the air" about what went down.
During the first round of the NFL draft, the Ravens and the Bears agreed to swap draft picks. Both teams had to confirm to league officials that a deal had been reached. The Ravens let the NFL know, but the Bears never made the call. Time ran out on the Ravens and the Chief swooped in to select wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin at pick No. 26. Moments later, the Ravens were still able to get their guy in cornerback Jimmy Smith.
"It was disappointing," Harbaugh said July 19 on an interview on ESPN 1000 in Chicago. "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.”
Harbaugh and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti both said publicly that the Bears should have to surrender a draft pick for the fiasco. All they got was a mea culpa from Angelo, who told ESPN 1000 on Friday that he called Harbaugh to talk after the Ravens coach spoke out about the botched trade again last month.
"I was surprised that he said that publicly," Angelo told the "The Waddle & Silvy Show." "I knew they were upset, and I would be upset too. I did call John after [hearing his comments], and we cleared the air. There was no intent on our part. ... I said check the phone logs, do what you want, talk to whoever you want. What I said initially is what it was. I think John understands that. We left it wishing each other well. I think it's in the past and it's behind us."
Angelo added that he was embarrassed and has “nothing but the highest respect” for the Ravens.
Hopefully the air really is cleared because I can’t believe we’re still talking about this four months later. I guess we won’t know for sure that it has cleared unless Angelo and Ozzie Newsome consummate another deal together.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun