The Bears should absolutely not voluntarily give the Ravens their fourth-round pick on Sunday because of the miscommunication that screwed up their attempt to trade up from No. 29 to Baltimore’s spot at No. 26 to get OT Gabe Carimi.
The Bears got Carimi anyway at 29. As a result of the Bears’ “glitch,” the Ravens failed to make their pick in time, and they were leapfrogged by the Chiefs, dropping to No. 27. But they still got the guy they wanted in CB Jimmy Smith from Colorado.
What is at issue now is the fourth-round pick that the Bears and Ravens had agreed upon as compensation for the swap, and it’s unlikely that the NFL will act to penalize the Bears. They shouldn’t. The “glitch” was actually a miscommunication that resulted in two Bears employees each thinking the other was going to make the call to the league notifying it of the trade.
There is no evidence that the foul-up that allowed the Bears to still get their guy while saving their fourth-round pick was on purpose. Technical snafus happen all the time. The world is an imperfect place. Screws fall out all the time.
Bottom line: No harm, no foul.
And those who act as if giving away a fourth-round pick is no big deal are uninformed. Since Angelo began running the Bears’ draft in 2002, the fourth round has brought DE Alex Brown, CB Nate Vasher, QB Kyle Orton, LB Jamar Williams, OG Josh Beekman, S Craig Steltz, DE Henry Melton, CB D.J. Moore and DE Corey Wootton.