I've been thinking about what happened with the Bears and the Ravens and how the ravens ended up kinda getting hosed. Now I know each team ended up getting their guy, and it actually worked out for both, because the Bears didn't have to pay the cost of moving up (I think it was gonna be a 4th rounder), and the Ravens will be able to sign their guy at a lower salary since the pick was lower. But, for the Ravens, I would imagine a 4th round pick would by far, outweigh the difference in salary they saved.
Here's what I'm thinking: What is stopping teams from saying they're gonna do a trade and then NOT notifying the league? This ploy can be used quite effectively to make another team miss their pick, just as we saw happen this year. Now, there are a TON of applications for this (none of which seem to be on the up-and-up).
For example, Let's say the team at pick #10 wants a guy that the team at #11 wants. If a 3rd team were to lure the #10 team into talks of a trade (with a ridiculously exorbitant payoff, of course) Then they pull a Chicago and don't call the league, this leaves the #10 pick to the team previously picking #11. Bam! They get the guy, the previous #10 team misses out and gets NOTHING. Then, there could be a later trade between the team who got their guy and the 3rd team to "pay back" the team for screwing over the original #10 team (this trade would be obviously very uneven).
Of course, this is just one possibility, but these types of deals can go on behind closed doors and what can be done about it?? (I mean, the Bears got out of this just by saying "Oops. Uhhh, sorry.")
I would imagine if this happens, teams would be less likely to make deals with teams that might do that sort of thing, but do you think that matters to a team like the Patriots? Doubt it.
Maybe it's because I'm a Lions' fan, but I think the Bears should have to give up what they discussed with the Ravens (4th rounder?) if for no other reason, than to prevent the strategy I described from being a viable option.
I think the league should make teams responsible for their verbal contracts with other teams. It is obvious the Bears messed this up (they said so themselves) why should a team dealing with them have to suffer because the Bears didn't get on the phone fast enough? The Ravens kept up their end of the deal, and got hosed.