According to ESPN, Roger Goodell would not order the Bears to compensate the Ravens for Thursday night's first-round trade mishap, but the NFL commissioner encouraged them to do so.
"There has been some dialogue between the Ravens, the other organization and the league," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said before ESPN's report came out Friday night. "I'll just have to leave it at that. Where it's going to go, we don't know. But there has been some dialogue."
According to the Chicago Tribune, the NFL was "looking into" what happened with the trade, which would have moved Chicago to No. 26 and dropped the Ravens to No. 29. Reached later Friday afternoon, league spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email: "We have no further comment on the matter at this time."
On Thursday night, a league source said Newsome had contacted the NFL with three minutes remaining to inform the league that the Ravens were trading their first-round pick (No. 26) for the Bears' picks in the first (29th) and fourth rounds. But Chicago failed to talk to the NFL during that time (the league needs both teams to confirm a trade), causing the Chiefs to jump ahead of the Ravens.
"It was our fault," Bears general manager Jerry Angelo told reporters Thursday night. "They did everything according to the rules. ... We had a disconnect. Whatever you hear, Baltimore did everything right."
Chicago reportedly wanted Wisconsin offensive lineman Gabe Carimi and thought it had to move ahead of the Chiefs to draft him. The Bears still got Carimi with the 29th pick, but they didn't have to give up a fourth-round pick to get him.
Because of the Bears' mistake, Newsome told the league that the Ravens deserved the fourth-round pick, a source said. But the NFL initially denied the request.
Asked how a trade failed to go through in an age with so much modern technology, Newsome said Thursday night, "I'm only able to talk to the League. The number of trades that we've made -- and this group knows we've made a lot of trades the only way the League will tell me, 'OK, you've got a trade,' is after they talked to the other team. Then, they'll [say], 'OK, Ozzie, you've got a trade. Baltimore, you have a trade.' That never came about. They told me, 'Ozzie, you need to pick.'"
The Ravens were lucky that the Chiefs didn't want Smith. Kansas City used the 26th pick on Pittsburgh wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, keeping Smith on the board for the Ravens.
"There was a potential for us to lose it, yes," Newsome said. "But we got the player, and we're just happy to have him."
This is the second time in eight years that the Ravens had trouble completing a trade in the first round. In 2003, the Ravens wanted to move three spots up from No. 10 to take quarterback Byron Leftwich. But Jacksonville, which wanted Leftwich with the No. 8 pick, intentionally tied up the phone lines to prevent the trade between the Ravens and Minnesota.
When the time ran out on the Vikings, the Jaguars ran up to pick Leftwich. The Ravens eventually won out on the deal because it wound up with Terrell Suggs with the 10th pick.
Suggs became a Pro Bowl pass rusher while Leftwich has a losing record (24-25) as a starting quarterback.