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DeCosta Chooses To Stay In Baltimore

Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta will not interview for GM jobs.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Friday, January 6th, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

The Ravens are keeping one of the NFL’s top player evaluators and front office executives in Baltimore.

Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta has chosen to turn down interviews from multiple teams looking for their next general manager.

“Since this franchise started in 1996, we’ve established a strong history of retaining our most important executives, players, coaches and personnel experts,” Ravens General Manager and Executive Vice President Ozzie Newsome said in a statement.

“Eric, who has had opportunities to interview with other teams recently and over the years, is another one we want to keep and will keep. He has chosen to stay with the Ravens, and we’re excited that he will. He is a most valuable asset and will continue to help us win championships.”

DeCosta has been a hot name around NFL circles, particularly this past week as teams are shaking up their leadership. Reportedly, the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams all requested to interview him.

But DeCosta has a deep loyalty to Newsome and the Ravens, and ties to the region. His wife is from Maryland and he has young children in school here.

“I’ve been part of this organization for 15 years,” DeCosta told BaltimoreRavens.com in April. “This club gave me a chance. I started here and I want to finish here.

DeCosta rose from an entry-level position to area scout, then director of college scouting, and was subsequently promoted to director of player personnel in 2009.

During DeCosta’s tenure as scouting director, the Ravens drafted Pro Bowlers such as linebacker Terrell Suggs (2003), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (2006), fullback Le’Ron McClain (2007), and running back Ray Rice (2008) and a number of other key contributors including quarterback Joe Flacco (2008) and linebacker Jarret Johnson (2003).

With even more responsibility now, he largely sets the Ravens’ draft board.

DeCosta has been called Newsome’s general-manager-in-waiting.

“I think Eric knows how highly regarded he is in Baltimore, but when you have a guy as successful as Ozzie Newsome in the job, there’s not a ton of promises that you can make,” Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti said in March 2010.

“His relationship with Ozzie is just as solid as any relationship I’ve seen in the NFL. He’s so happy in his job that I think it will take a perfect job to get his serious consideration. Eric is going to make a great GM someday.”

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