A Scab From The Draft … Morning Cup O’Chiefs

An update on the labor situation is a few paragraphs away, but first let’s cover a juicy update on something that happened way back in April.

Remember the controversy near the end of the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft? The Baltimore Ravens were on the clock with pick No. 26, but they were talking trade with the Chicago Bears, who had pick No. 29. They would swap the first rounders and the Bears would throw in a fourth-round pick (No. 127). The deal never happened when the Bears did not consummate the trade by contacting the NFL office. But the Chiefs jumped ahead of the Ravens when their time on the clock ran out, selecting WR Jonathan Baldwin.

Afterwards, Chicago GM Jerry Angelo said it was a screw-up at the Bears headquarters and he apologized for the mistake.

On Tuesday, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh had something far different to say. Harbaugh claimed on a Chicago sports talk show that the Bears knew exactly what they were doing and lied about it afterwards.

“I’m not buying a ‘mistake’ thing,” Harbaugh told WMVP. “They knew what they were doing.”

Chicago wanted to trade up to No. 26 because they were concerned that the Chiefs at No. 27 were interested in the player they wanted – Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi. With the No. 29 choice in the round, the Ravens were the last chance they had to make sure they got their man.

But it turns out the Chiefs had no interest in Carimi. Instead they had their eye on Baldwin, who ended up going No. 26. The Ravens at No. 27 drafted CB Jimmy Smith and with their original choice at No. 29, the Bears selected Carimi.

All three teams got the players they wanted, but that provides Harbaugh with no satisfaction of any kind.

“They agreed to (trade) a pick,” Harbaugh said. “They got their guy (Carimi) on the phone. They recognized he wasn’t getting calls from the team behind them (the Chiefs). And then they basically stalled for over a minute, telling us that they had called the trade in. So that was just not honest.

“They hadn’t called the trade in. They said it was a mistake; those guys have been doing this for a long time, c’mon. You communicate back and forth and someone is responsible for calling the trade in, there’s no way not to get that done. We saw on TV that they had their guy on the phone and he was who they were talking to, and then they drafted him.

“So they basically just stole two spots from us, and that’s not OK. It’s not ethical, it’s not right. We basically took them at their word, and obviously that was a mistake.”

Sadly, the Ravens and Bears do not play each other in the 2011 season. Don’t expect any trades between these teams in the future.


Reportedly, lawyers for the NFL owners and the league’s players were working late into Tuesday night in New York, trying to piece together a draft of the agreement between the parties.

They want to have the proposal ready to put in front of the 13-player executive committee that’s meeting on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. That’s Chiefs G Brian Waters on the left, arriving at union headquarters on Tuesday. The exec comm must approve the agreement so it can be put in front of the player reps for the 32 league teams. They will then vote and approval will send the agreement to the individual players for approval.

On top of that, the NFL owners and executives will meet on Thursday in Atlanta. Owners are expected to approve the deal, which will lead to what’s expected to be a two-day meeting for GMs and player personnel types as they learn the new rules and regulations, and the schedule for players and teams in the coming weeks.

Right now, there does not appear to be any major issues to derail the process. Some media outlets were reporting that various players involved in the so called Tom Brady lawsuit were demanding some sort of consideration, whether in money or protection from future franchise player designations. But as Tuesday went on, some of those players – New Orleans QB Drew Brees and San Diego WR Vincent Jackson – said the media reports were not true and they were not standing in the way of working out a deal.

If the players’ executive committee and player reps approve the deal on Wednesday, then membership could vote as early as Wednesday evening. With the owners apparently set to vote, the agreement could be approved by both sides by Thursday evening.


“It seems like for every step forward, we take one step backward.”

Those words came from United Football League Commissioner Michael Huyghue on Tuesday as he updated the media on the status of his young league.

Huyghue said the UFL will play its 2011 season, but they’ve pushed their calendar back one month, as the season will now start in mid-September instead of mid-August. All five teams had begun training camps, and the players were sent home – on the UFL’s tab – and told to report back in a month.

Will there be anything to report back too?

“Our ownership group is committed to going forward,” Huyghue said.

Turns out the UFL’s situation has been hurt by what appears to be the conclusion of the NFL owners’ lockout. The new league was hoping to have the pro football world to itself for part of the fall.

“We had felt we might experience a windfall from the NFL lockout,” Huyghue said. “That did not materialize. That was a strong reason to move our season back.”

Huyghue told the media that the UFL’s ownership group had lost more than $100 million in two seasons.

3 Responses to “A Scab From The Draft … Morning Cup O’Chiefs”

  • July 20, 2011  - RW says:

    Random thoughts while wondering whatever happened to CB prospect Tandy Holmes:

    Now if the Chiefs had taken Jimmy Smith, the Ravens would most likely have gone in cardiac arrest! As it is, they got jobbed by the Bears but life goes on.

    I’ll believe this lockout is over when the training camps officially open. How many times have the deadline dates been moved back over the past couple of weeks for various issues and reasons? It ain’t over til it’s over. Stellar statement Yogi.

    Startup NFL type leagues have one thing in common: They all fail. Reason? No serious reserve cash to go raid the other league for marquee names to entice a TV deal and bring viability to their cause. The AFL did it but that happens about once a century, if then.

    Tried negotiating my version of a CBA with DirecTV and the Sunday Ticket recently but was stiff armed. “No deals until there’s a deal” was their stated position. Lots of dominoes lining up as we all wait.

  • July 20, 2011  - Justin says:


    I was wondering if you saw the article about the Haley – Josh McDonkey incident where our punter says it was about their taping our practices? Do you hold much creedence on Colquitt’s assertions?

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