By Jeff Zrebiec
6:50 PM EST, January 5, 2012
The Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams and and one other team have contacted the Ravens and received permission to interview Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta for their general manager opening, a league source said.
The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday night that the other team is the Chicago Bears.
None of the interviews have taken place as of now, but that could change in the next couple of days.
The Colts and Rams have already started their interview process and it is believed that DeCosta, the heir apparent to Ravens general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome, is at or near the top of their respective wish lists.
The other two teams with general manager openings are the Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears and both are interested in DeCosta as well, according to sources. The Bears have contacted the Ravens and asked for permission to interview him.
DeCosta has been with the Ravens from the beginning, starting at an entry-level position in 1996, and moving to director of college scouting before becoming the director of pro personnel in 2009.
During DeCosta's tenure as college scouting director, the Ravens drafted Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, Jarret Johnson, Ray Rice, Ben Grubbs and Joe Flacco among others.
Several teams with general manager openings have contacted DeCosta in past seasons and he has turned down their overtures. It is well known throughout the league that it would take an ideal situation to get DeCosta to leave the Ravens and give up the opportunity to succeed Newsome.
DeCosta, 40, has a young family and is entrenched in the area. He also has a strong relationship with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti.
However, it appears that the level of interest in him from other teams will certainly force him to make some difficult decisions.
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