Two days ago, the Ravens were pursuing a fourth-round draft pick from the Chicago Bears in the wake of a failed trade at the bottom of the first round of the draft. When it comes to a team that once called Chicago home — the Arizona Cardinals — the Ravens are taking a considerably higher road.
Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Ravens won’t pursue tampering charges against the Cardinals amid published reports that the Cardinals have an “understanding” with current Ravens backup quarterback Marc Bulger. But it’s not because the Ravens are feeling charitable; they’ve opted not to pursue relief because they realize that it would be difficult to prove.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt publicly has denied the existence of any wink-nod-cough-fart arrangement with Bulger.
And even if the Ravens had caught the red-headed team red-handed, the reality is that the league doesn’t like to make its member teams red-faced when it comes to tampering.
Bulger arguably would have been a candidate to play for the Cardinals in 2010, if the Rams hadn’t cut him after Arizona signed Derek Anderson to compete with Matt Leinart. In 2011, the Rams may once again be facing one of their former franchise quarterbacks twice per year.