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Bears apologize to Ravens over trade mishap

The Ravens wanted to move back in the first round and gain an additional fourth-round pick Thursday night.

Instead, all general manager Ozzie Newsome received was an apology.

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An uncompleted trade with the Chicago Bears caused the clock to run out on the Ravens with the 26th overall pick, but Newsome still was able to get his targeted player (Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith) at No. 27.

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.

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"It was our fault," Bears general manager Jerry Angelo told reporters. "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.

Because of the Bears' mistake, Newsome told the league that the Ravens deserved the fourth-round pick, a source said. But the NFL denied the request.

Asked how a trade failed to go through in an age with so much modern technology, Newsome said, "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.

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