Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said he and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh have "cleared the air" after Harbaugh made critical comments of the Chicago front office for a botched draft day trade between the teams.
"I was surprised that he said that publicly," Angelo said Friday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I knew they were upset, and I would be upset too. I did call John after [hearing his comments], and we cleared the air. There was no intent on our part.
The Bears and Ravens agreed to a draft-day trade that involved the teams swapping first-round picks, with the Bears giving up a fourth-round selection to move up from the 29th slot to the 26th, where the Ravens were sitting. With about 2½ minutes remaining for the teams to consummate the trade officially with the league, the Ravens had followed the proper protocol, but the Bears had not.
League rules stipulate both teams have to confirm a trade with the league to make a deal official.
The Bears' failure to inform the league of the trade led to the clock expiring, which forced the Ravens to pass on the 26th pick that they were trading to the Bears. The Ravens ended up passing it to the Kansas City Chiefs, who selected wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin.
Baltimore went on to draft Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith at No. 27, while the Bears -- who offered the trade to move up because of the fear of losing Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi to another team -- selected Carimi with their original 29th pick.
"It was disappointing," Harbaugh said July 19 on "The Waddle & Silvy Show." "They can get mad at me if they want, but I'm not buying the mistake thing. It wasn't a mistake. They knew what they were doing.
"They put their guy on the phone. They agreed to a pick. They got their guy on the phone. They recognized he wasn't getting calls from the team behind them, and they basically stalled for over a minute, telling us they had called the trade in. They hadn't called the trade in. They said it was a mistake. Those guys have been doing it for a long time, c'mon."
Angelo, who apologized at the time, said Friday it was an embarrassing mistake with no intent.
"I have nothing but the highest respect for the organization," Angelo said. "[Ravens GM] Ozzie Newsome and I have gone back a long, long way. It was unfortunate. It was a mistake. I'm embarrassed by it. These are good people. There was no intent involved in the least.
"I feel John understands that, and I certainly respect the job that he and Ozzie do. They're a great organization and I certainly wish them well."
ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright contributed to this report.