suntimes
SURGE 
Weather Updates

NFL calls it ‘no trade,’ but Ravens not ready to let it go

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



The Bears are ready to move on, and so is the NFL.

Despite strong comments from Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on Saturday, the NFL — after suggesting the Bears give up a draft pick — is leaving the matter to the clubs.

“The trade was not consummated,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail. “Therefore, there was no trade.

“Anything further with respect to it would be between the clubs.”

And the Bears aren’t budging.

George McCaskey, who soon will take over the chairmanship of the Bears, downplayed the botched trade — one that would have had the Ravens giving up the 26th overall pick for the 29th and a fourth-rounder — and indicated his team has finished dealing with the matter.

“We spoke to the Ravens about it, and we spoke to the league about it,” McCaskey said. “We made a mistake. We apologized for it. The bottom line, as I understand it, the Ravens got the player they were wanting, and we got the player we were wanting.”

“I’m disappointed in the Bears and the McCaskeys,” Bisciotti told the Baltimore Sun. “It is, in my opinion, a deviation from their great legacy. They concluded that their heartfelt and admirable apology was sufficient for our loss.

“All of us at the Ravens strongly disagree.”

A boost from Martz

When he attended Idaho’s Pro Day in March, Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz gave quarterback Nathan Enderle some tips.

“It was awesome when [Martz] came out there,” Enderle said. “You can just tell he has so much football knowledge and really kind of started to tweak with my drop and a few things that I was doing physically just while he was out there.

“He seems like a really good coach and someone that I would love to work with.”

Martz, who has helped develop quarterbacks such as Kurt Warner, Marc Bulger and Trent Green, had a “strong conviction” about Enderle, according to Bears director of player personnel Tim Ruskell.

“He has the traits Mike is looking for at the position, so it was a good consensus [to take him],” he said.



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.