After the Baltimore Ravens thought they had made a trade with the Chicago Bearsto drop back in the first round to add another fourth round pick, a lot of fans were about to proclaim the nickname given to Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome ("The Wizard of Oz") firmly etched in stone for another great move. The team would most likely be able to pick the guy they coveted and ultimately got, but they also would have added another solid draft pick in the fourth round.
Then, of course as most people know by now, the Bears never got their side of the call into the NFL to confirm the deal, leaving the Ravens out of time and allowing the Kansas City Chiefs to jump up and make their pick. Thank goodness they did not select Colorado's Jimmy Smith, whom the Ravens finally grabbed with the next pick. The league had nothing to do but hold their hands up and let the two teams work it out between them, which never materialized as the Bears "brain-trust" said they are rules for infractions, but not mistakes, which this unfortunately was.
Should the NFL enact a rule change to prevent these things from happening again, or at least penalize the team that screwed things up? Unfortunately, the teams involved need to work it out, hopefully before the clock winds down, although the responsibility is equally shared regardless of which team makes the mistake. It would be easy to say the Ravens should not have held on until the clock ran out, but according to team officials, Chicago said the call had been made, when it obviously never was, which appears to be a purposeful deceptive move.
The problem that this could have is that if a team wanted the Ravens to miss their pick, they could have the Bears on the other line and try to draw out the negotiations that would ultimately drag down the Ravens and perhaps give that third team in the deal an unfair advantage in the next season. That type of collusion would be a clear violation of rules and dealt with severely by the league. However, the teams could just act like they just did not get the deal done and claim innocence in the case.
That leaves a huge void in the rules and penalties for something like this happening and perhaps even ending up a lot more damaging than what happened in last month's NFL Draft. Therefore, is it fixable and should there be a rule to close the loophole that now has been proven to exist?